Braves place two on IL, believe Michael Soroka’s injury is ‘big deal’

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The Braves recalled Michael Soroka to Atlanta yesterday, paving the way for him to make his return to the big leagues for the first time since July 21, when he surrendered four runs on six hits over six innings against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

He got the start against a measly Cardinals team on Tuesday night and experienced similar results as he has all year with the Braves — a little good, more bad. He cruised for a bit then ran into some trouble in the second and third innings, giving up an RBI double to Jordan Walker then two-run homers to Tyler O’Neill and Nolan Gorman, adding up to five earned runs.

To make matters even worse, he was pulled after those three innings as the trainer checked out his hand in the dugout. Following the 10-6 loss, it was announced that Soroka had numbness in his fingers and would go on the IL in addition to Vaughn Grissom, who tweaked his hip in Triple-A Gwinnett, according to Brian Snitker. The Braves skipper also added that it’s ‘probably a big deal’ for Soroka.

My heart goes out to Michael Soroka. Any time there’s numbness in the hands or fingers of a pitcher it’s scary.

I’m not going to speculate on the extent of the injury. Time will tell as to the severity of this; hopefully, it’s only precautionary, and Snitker is wrong. There is a chance we’ve seen the last of Soroka in 2023, though. It could be a disappointing end to what was supposed to be one of the greatest comebacks in sports.

Vaughn Grissom also joins Soroka on the injured list with a hip injury, but it seems this is only a minor one. He returned to the majors recently when Ozzie Albies tweaked his hamstring, splitting time with Nicky Lopez at second base.

We’ll know more about these injuries in the coming days.

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