Report: Braves skipping Mike Soroka’s next start to limit his innings

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One of the most exciting developing storylines of the early part of this season has been Mike Soroka, who has looked really good to begin the year for the Gwinnett Stripers. Over three starts, he owns a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings, and his last time out, he threw six scoreless innings on 91 pitches. Soroka is just about major-league ready. He’s healthy and looking like the guy he once was before all of the injuries, but the Braves plan to take things very cautiously with him, which is why the Maple Maddux will miss his scheduled start for tomorrow and pitch again on Sunday.

The reason for this, according to’s Mark Bowman, is to limit his innings. The Braves don’t need him right now in the majors, but they are hoping for him to be at full strength later in the season and for the playoffs.

Bowman added some more good news, citing Soroka is healthy and would be available to pitch over the Braves’ upcoming stretch of 17 straight games.

Given the current state of the rotation with the emergence of Bryce Elder, I wouldn’t say an appearance is imminent. However, if one of the Braves starters suffers even a minor injury, I don’t think they will hesitate in bringing Mike Soroka up to make his first appearance in the majors since 2020. We are close to the return of the Maple Maddux at Truist Park, which is sure to be one of the most highly anticipated moments of the 2023 campaign.

Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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