Braves receive fantastic injury update on Michael Soroka

MLB: JUL 02 Marlins at Braves

The Braves were clobbered for the second night in a row by the Cardinals, but I can say confidently they won the night. Following the game, it was reported that after undergoing further tests Michael Soroka does not have any ligament damage. He will be shut down for the rest of the year, but it looks like he avoided disaster.

Many Braves fans will look at this as a disappointing season for Michael Soroka. He didn’t have much success at the major-league level and won’t be helping the team as they aim for a run at the World Series. However, that’s not how things should be evaluated.

Soroka was able to start and finish the season. He made his return to Major League Baseball and flashed glimpses of what made him so special before all of the injuries. We all would have liked to see him make more of an impact, and this isn’t a fairy tale ending, but the good news is this isn’t the end. Had he needed Tommy John Surgery, I’m not so sure that would have been the case.

There are plenty of things Michael Soroka will have to work on this offseason. The stuff is still there, but his command killed him far too often. That shouldn’t be surprising, given all of the adjustments he made to avoid further injuries. This was always going to be a process, and Soroka should move onto the next step this offseason with his head held high. He’ll have an opportunity to compete for a spot in the rotation next Spring Training.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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