12 h 46: Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed this afternoon during an interview on the MLB network this right-handed Mike Soroka is out for the rest of the season (h / t to Athletic’s David O’Brien). Soroka had exploratory surgery on her right Achilles a few weeks ago.
It will be a completely lost season for Soroka, his second consecutive year of injury. The 23-year-old tore his Achilles apart last August, just three starts in the abridged campaign. While there had been hopes Soroka would return to rotation relatively early in 2021, other health issues prevented that from happening. He was excluded from his rehabilitation process in early April due to shoulder inflammation before further problems with the Achilles tendon prompted the aforementioned operation.
This string of injuries blocked a brilliant start to Soroka’s MLB career. The former top prospect held his own in his first seven MLB starts in 2018 ahead of a 2019 All-Star effort. Soroka pitched 174 2/3 innings of 2.68 ERA / 4.28 SIERA at the age of 21 years old that year, finishing second in the NL Rookie of the Year poll and sixth in the NL Cy Young Award vote. He will sadly now be missing almost two full seasons of action, although he is certainly still young enough to regain his previous form if he returns to full strength in 2022.
Soroka had already been placed on the 60-day injured list. Players on the MLB Injured List accumulate service time, so it will be credited with a full year of service for the 2021 season. Soroka will reach officiating eligibility for the first time this winter and will be under control of the team until 2024.