Mike Soroka is one of the sadder stories in sports. Once considered a future ace of the Braves rotation, he has now torn his Achilles twice in as many years, putting his future in doubt. However, he doesn’t see his career ending any time soon. According to Mark Bowman, Soroka is hopeful he’ll be ready to pitch in the latter half of the season.
Soroka is just running and throwing right now. He says he's just "becoming an athlete again." He's still hopeful he might be ready to pitch in the season's second half https://t.co/T6j55mvIBv
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 16, 2022
I don’t find it likely we see Soroka pitching in 2022. When Chase interviewed Dr. Mark Drakos, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, he wasn’t optimistic about the situation, stating that the way Soroka re-injured himself is atypical. Dr. Drakos also said that it would be at least a full 12 months before Soroka is able to throw off the mound again.
If that timeline holds up, Soroka would be pitching in July in a perfect world after tearing his Achilles in June of 2021. Realistically, he could begin tossing off the mound for the Braves in August/September, but even that feels optimistic. The Braves should enter the season with the expectation that Soroka won’t contribute at any point, and that way, if he does, it’s just the cherry on top.
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