It's been a long road to recovery for Atlanta Braves' pitcher Mike Soroka. The 25-year-old has torn his right Achilles twice in the last 24 months, but has never lost his determination to return to the mound. His latest update comes with encouraging news as a rehab assignment is finally coming his way.
Mike Soroka Injury Update
Soroka will pitch for the High-A Rome Braves starting on Tuesday. While it's unknown how long this rehab assignment will be, it does kick off his 30-day activation period. That means the plan is for him to be back with Atlanta in mid-September. Of course, that's assuming he faces little to no setbacks.
This is especially great news considering Soroka's summer bullpen sessions had been shut down for a bit as he dealt with general soreness. A big step like this wouldn't be warranted unless the training staff truly believes Soroka was ready. Ready to face live hitters in a competitive game that is.
It's important to remember how dominant Soroka was before undergoing three surgeries on his Achilles. The former first-round pick posted a dazzling 13-4 record, 2.68 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 2019 (29 starts). His efforts led to an All-Star game nod and a runner-up finish as NL Rookie of the Year.
It's unlikely that Soroka will be joining the starting rotation before the end of the regular season thanks to the emergence of Spencer Strider and acquisition of Jake Odorizzi. Seeing him come out of a bullpen that already owns the second-best ERA in the NL (3.24) would be fascinating, though.
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