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Mike Soroka won’t return this season

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Writing was on the wall but now it is official.

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Mike Soroka’s rookie season is officially over. Atlanta Braves’ manager Brian Snitker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Gabe Burns that although Soroka has resumed throwing, he won’t return and will instead focus on getting ready for the 2019 season.

“We’re not going to see him this year,” manager Brian Snitker said. “Hopefully he’ll get it going. Best scenario for him is Instructional League (in October), be pitching and competing and go into the offseason normal. We’ll get him back in spring and go from there.”

The writing has been on the wall for a while now in terms of this announcement but hadn’t been made official until now. Soroka went on the DL for the first time in mid-May due to a sore shoulder. He returned on June 19 for one start but was placed back on the disabled list on June 27.

It is an unfortunate as Soroka is regarded by many as the Braves’ top pitching prospect. He impressed during his short stint making five starts while posting a 3.54 ERA in 25 2/3 innings.