Following the devastating injury to Mike Soroka, the Braves had some roster moves to make on Tuesday. Aside from placing Soroka on the 45-day IL, they also designated Chris Rusin, who relieved Soroka after his injury, for assignment. In their place, they added Chad Sobotka and Huascar Ynoa to the active roster.
The #Braves today recalled RHP Chad Sobotka and RHP Huascar Ynoa to Atlanta. To make room on the active roster, the Braves placed RHP Mike Soroka on the 45-day IL and designated LHP Chris Rusin for assignment.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 4, 2020
The Braves have still yet to announce who will start in Soroka’s place on Saturday, but I don’t expect Sobotka or Ynoa to be permanent additions. The rosters are set to trim from 30 to 28 players on Thursday, so both of them will likely be sent back to Gwinnett when that happens.
Sobotka has shown some promise and was even apart of the 2018 playoff roster. However, 2019 was a year to forget for him. He appeared 32 times (29 innings), recording a 6.21 ERA, courtesy of 19 walks, and 6 home runs. That’s not going to cut it, especially in a Braves bullpen that is currently one of the best in baseball.
Ynoa is a little more intriguing. The 22-year-old rocketed his way through the minors last year and even made his major league debut. He’s been used as a starter and a reliever, and his repertoire features a fastball that can touch triple digits and a sharp-biting slider. With Soroka out for the year, the Braves should be open to giving all of their young arms a look, but there are several prospects more deserving of a shot first.