Braves Mike Soroka: The Long Way Back

Mike Soroka is attempting to make his way back to Braves big league club after tearing his achilles twice
Mike Soroka is attempting to make his way back to Braves big league club after tearing his achilles twice AP Photo/ John Bazemore

How Good Was The Braves Mike Soroka Before The Injury?

The Braves Mike Soroka, before tearing his Achilles twice, pitched one full season. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting in the NL to Pete Alonso, made the All-Star team, and finished sixth for the NL Cy Young.

His start against the St Louis Cardinals only added to the belief that he could become Atlanta’s ace. Soroka threw seven innings, gave up just two hits, one run, and struck out seven. The Braves made him the youngest opening day starter in the team’s modern history in 2020.

Injuries And Setbacks Over The Last Year

In his last start at the major league level, August 3, 2020, Soroka tore his Achilles after throwing a pitch against the New York Mets. His surgery forced him off the mound for the next nine and a half months.

He pitched off a mound at Truist Park June 24, 2021, after what Soroka and doctors thought was a successful surgery. On his way to the dugout he tore the same Achilles, forcing him to have a second surgery. Losing another year could not have been easy, especially since it meant losing out in pitching in the World Series.

Soroka’s AAA Rehab; Will He Be Called Up Soon?

Starting out at A Rome Soroka was very sharp in his first start in almost two years. The Braves may call him up soon, but does he need more time? His first two starts at AAA Gwinnett suggests he might. Likely on a pitch count could he get enough work, at the major league level, to feel good enough and make a playoff start? It’s an interesting question, and the fact that it might be a consideration for the Braves shows how far the believe Soroka has come.

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