During yesterday’s broadcast of the Atlanta Braves‘ 15-5 victory over the Philadelphia, the Phillies’ broadcast team made note that Brian Snitker announced that Michael Soroka will not break camp with the Braves. I have not read this news from any of the normal Braves’ reporters yet, but it was declared on the broadcast yesterday.
While this comes as no surprise to Braves’ fans since Soroka has not appeared to make any progress an hasn’t made an appearance in a game, it’s still deflating to hear.
Along with Soroka’s hamstrings holding him up, the Braves also announced they optioned Ian Anderson and Bryce Elder. This leaves the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation down to two hot left-handed prospects, Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd.
Soroka finished the 2019 season second in ROY voting and sixth in Cy Young voting. Soroka was an All-Star in his first full season, finishing with a stellar 2.68 ERA in 29 starts. He went 13-4 that season.
Soroka entered the 2020 season as the undisputed ace of the Braves’ staff. He suffered a torn Achilles in just his third start. During his recovery, he re-tore the Achilles and has not pitched on a major-league mound since.
Hopefully, Soroka can take his time and recover enough to contribute to the 2023 season in a meaningful way.
Do you think Soroka has a chance to bounce back in 2023?