Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos spoke on Mike Soroka’s injury timeline and Freddie Freeman’s extension talks in an on-air interview during Bally Sports’ opening day broadcast.
When asked about an estimate for when Mike Soroka could make his return form tearing his Achilles tendon last season, Anthopoulos said that the team expects to find a game during the second homestand of the year to fit him back into the rotation. This would be sometime in the timeframe from April 23rd to April 29th. It should be a big boon to the Braves to have the young right-handed pitcher back into the rotation.
Anthopoulos also addressed the elephant in the room in Braves country right now, which is the absence of a Freddie Freeman extension. As it stands right now, the 31 year old reigning MVP and career Brave is set to hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2021 season. Anthopoulos stated what should be obvious, that they want to keep Freeman and that Freeman wants to stay in Atlanta. The Braves GM also said that it is on the team to get it done and it is certainly the team’s goal. He even said that he expects the extension to get done. This should relieve concerns on the issue at least to some extent, as it was generally expected that the extension would be done at this point.