Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his Achilles on Monday night against the New York Mets. This is not only a devastating injury for the Braves, but for Major League Baseball. Soroka, a native of Calgary, is one of the game’s bright young stars and is an ambassador for baseball in Canada. In 37 career starts, he’s compiled a 15-6 record, 2.86 ERA, and has only allowed 15 home runs in 214 innings pitched.
Soroka will miss the rest of the season with a torn right achilles tendon. However
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The injury occurred in the third inning when Soroka attempted to cover first base. The 23-year-old let out a scream and tumbled to the ground on his first step off the mound. Soroka gingerly walked a few steps but ended up dropping to his knees. Along with a trainer, Braves manager Brian Snitker helped assist Soroka to the clubhouse.
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“When I went out there, [Soroka] said he knew it was [the Achilles],” Snitker said. “It’s a freak thing that happened. I’m sorry it did.”
Impact on Braves Rotation
With the loss of Soroka, the Braves are now without four of their projected starters — Felix Hernandez, Mike Foltynewicz, and Cole Hamels. In the meantime, the Braves will rely on Max Fried, Sean Newcomb, Touki Toussaint, and Kyle Wright. If Atlanta hopes to win the NL East for a third consecutive year they’ll need their young arms to step up.
“Somebody else is going to get an opportunity,” Snitker said. “Things like that happen. These guys will regroup. Somebody is going to get an opportunity to do something really good. Our young guys are going to continue to get better. We’re going to be fine.”
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