Braves fans are getting some optimistic news today, as General Manager Alex Anthopoulos told The Athletic that Mike Soroka, Travis d’Arnaud, and Huascar Ynoa could be back with the Braves in August. It was originally reported that Mike Soroka was done for the season after suffering a setback following his torn Achilles, but that report was eventually retracted.
(RT with *Ynoa)
Major Braves injury update: General manager Alex Anthopoulos told @TheAthletic the team is "optimistic" starting pitcher Mike Soroka could return by late August and he also expects catcher Travis D'Arnaud and pitcher Huascar Ynoa to be back sometime in August.
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) June 14, 2021
I’m hesitant to even bring Soroka back in 2021; while he would undoubtedly be a massive boost to this Braves team, it would be devastating if he suffered another setback after suffering one during his rehab assignment back in the spring. In addition, he just had surgery to “clean up” his Achilles last month.
Travis d’Arnaud and Huascar Ynoa should obviously be back at some point with their respective hand injuries, but this seems to be a bit later than the original July timetable. Regardless, d’Arnaud was fantastic for the Braves in 2020, Huascar Ynoa was having a breakout season, and Mike Soroka is Mike Soroka. If the Braves are anywhere near the playoffs in August, getting those three back will be key to pushing for a fourth straight division title.