Braves fans have been anxiously awaiting Michael Soroka‘s return to Truist Park in front of fans for nearly four years, and it looks like we are finally about to get it. After Wednesday’s win and series sweep of the Twins, the Braves announced they have optioned Jared Shuster to Gwinnett.
The #Braves optioned LHP Jared Shuster to Triple-A Gwinnett following today’s game.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 28, 2023
Shuster was in line to start on Friday, and the logical option to replace him is Soroka, who has been absolutely dominant of late in Gwinnett. He’s allowed just three earned runs over his last 19 innings, and his last time out, he came just one out shy of a seven inning no hitter.
Shuster, the Braves 2020 first-round pick, has had his moments filling in for the injured Max Fried and Kyle Wright, but he’s been plagued by inconsistencies. I’m not sure he’ll ever find a role as a permanent starter in the Braves rotation, because this group is just so deep.
We saw what Kolby Allard did in his season debut on Wednesday, and at some point, Soroka is going to figure it out and enter the picture. Hopefully, that starts on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd at Truist Park that has been waiting for this moment for years. It’s going to feel like a playoff game in Atlanta if Soroka gets the nod, and it comes against a formidable opponent in the Marlins, who currently sit in second place in the NL East.
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