Mike Soroka hasn’t thrown a pitch from a major league mound since 2019 after suffering back-to-back season-ending Achilles injuries. Braves Country hasn’t seen the Canadian in what feels like a lifetime, despite Soroka bursting on the scene in Atlanta in 2019 when he finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting and sixth in the Cy Young.
About a month ago, Alex Anthopoulos spoke about Soroka returning at the end of June or the beginning of July for his rehab assignment; however, plans are delayed. According to Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Soroka was hit on the knee by a comebacker recently, which will slow his recovery.
While pitching a few days ago, Mike Soroka was hit on the knee by a comebacker. It will slow up his rehab a bit.
The Braves don't have a start date for his rehab assignment. https://t.co/H0zyQg9Snf
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) July 6, 2022
According to the report, the Braves don’t yet have a start date for his rehab assignment, but it all seems precautionary. The knee is just bruised and shouldn’t be a long-term issue. Soroka has no qualms about returning to the level he was at pre-injury — 2.86 ERA over 37 career starts.
“That’s the goal,” Soroka told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I don’t see a reason why not. I’m only 24, and I have a lot to learn. Just make sure I’m healthy enough to be able to learn those things and hone my craft and be there for a long time.”
Given Soroka has been out of the game for two years, there’s no way the club will rush him back. A mid-August return seems possible if there are no more setbacks.
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