The Braves announced an agreement with Mike Soroka on a contract for the 2022 season, which will pay him $2.8 million and avoid arbitration.
The #Braves and RHP Mike Soroka today agreed to a non-guaranteed contract worth $2.8 million for the 2022 season.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 17, 2022
It’s the same salary Soroka had last season, which shouldn’t surprise anyone as he missed the entire season. The Candian righty is coming off back-to-back season-ending Achilles injuries and hasn’t thrown a pitch since August of 2020.
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. Soroka himself confirmed that timeline and is shooting for a late June, early July return.
#Braves pitcher Mike Soroka says he’s targeting a ‘late June, early July’ return. Said they’d always talked about it taking a year from surgery date to return.
Feels great, running with trainers, will begin long toss in next few weeks. pic.twitter.com/Q14iE722Qz
— Justin Felder (@Justin_FOX5) March 17, 2022
The last time Soroka was healthy, he posted a 2.68 ERA, 51.2% grounder rate, and 5.8% walk rate over 174 2/3 innings in 2019, earning a second-place finish in NL Rookie Of The Year voting and a sixth-place finish in Cy Young Award voting.
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