Braves: Mike Soroka’s hamstring injury improving as Spring Training begins

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Mike Soroka and injuries have gone hand-in-hand since his career took off in 2019. Without them, he would likely be considered one of the best pitchers in the National League, but injuries are a part of the game he can’t seem to avoid. Everyone is well aware of the two torn Achilles Soroka suffered in back-to-back seasons, but that’s only part of the story. Soroka has been an injury magnet, missing time with elbow and shoulder inflammation during his career, and his most recent setback prior to Braves Spring Training beginning had to do with his hamstring, which he tweaked last week.

Fortunately, this doesn’t appear to be an injury that will sideline Soroka for long, if at all. He told Justin Felder of Fox 5 Atlanta that the hamstring is already improving.

Given Soroka’s lengthy injury history and how hamstring issues can linger, I imagine he will be brought along slowly during Spring Training, which could impact his opportunity to earn the job as the team’s fifth starter in the rotation. However, Soroka is ready to compete.

“Expectations for myself are always going to be the highest and I think understanding that wanting to be out there is exactly where I need to be,” Soroka told Grant McAuley. It’s time to compete, right? I need to go out there and play baseball. I miss it.”

Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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