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Brian Snitker on Mike Soroka’s status, left field plans

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Snitker walked back his comments about Soroka from earlier in the day.

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Friday’s series opener against the New York Mets was rained out, but that does not mean that it was an uneventful day for the Atlanta Braves. Manager Brian Snitker caused a bit of a stir when he went on High Heat and declared that Mike Soroka would miss the remainder of the season. Soroka began the season working his way back from Achilles surgery, but recently suffered a setback and had to undergo exploratory surgery to determine the issue. The team had not released any official statement regarding Soroka since that exploratory surgery took place, so Snitker’s comments were noteworthy, even if it was what most were expecting.

The Athletic’s David O’Brien and’s Mark Bowman both walked the story back later citing a source familiar with the situation saying that Soroka would be reevaluated in two weeks.

Snitker began Friday’s press session with a statement saying that he was wrong about Soroka and that there is still a chance that he makes it back this season.

“I messed up today when I was on a TV show with Mad Dog (Chris Russo). Soroka does have a chance of getting back and I didn’t think he did so that was my fault,” Snitker said. “I created a firestorm with all that. I talked to Mike and there is a chance that he could get back.”

“He’s going to be reevaluated in a couple of weeks, so I guess probably we’re going to know more then,” Snitker added. “I just assumed seeing him riding around on that scooter that he wasn’t going be there. So, I screwed up and not the first and won’t be the last.”

Despite walking the story back, it still seems unlikely that we will see Soroka on a mound pitching anytime soon.

Rotation plans

Friday’s rainout will allow an extra day of rest for the Braves and may help them when a fifth starter is needed next week. Snitker said the team will push everyone back a day with Ian Anderson now slated to start on Saturday and Max Fried penciled in for Sunday. Charlie Morton will move back and pitch in Monday’s series opener at home against the Washington Nationals.

The pitching plan beyond that have not been announced but Drew Smyly seems likely for Tuesday and Bryse Wilson will now be an option on Wednesday, which is when he becomes eligible to return.

The Mets will push Taijuan Walker back a day to Saturday but did not announce their plans for Sunday. David Peterson and Jacob deGrom would be the two options available.

Friday’s postponed game will be rescheduled at a later date and will not take place this weekend. There is rain in the forecast again for Saturday so the situation could change again.

Plan for replacing Marcell Ozuna in left field

The Braves recalled Johan Camargo to take Marcell Ozuna’s place on the active roster Friday. Snitker said that they will use everyone, but that utility man Ehire Adrianza would get the first crack.

“I’m going to let AD (Adrianza) have some time out there,” Snitker said. “He’s done a really good job, he filled in for Ronald in New York in that series and he’s been a good piece for us here. So just going to let him have a few cracks at it.”

Adrianza has seen action in the outfield in 11 games this season for the Braves. After a hot start at the plate, he is hitting .239/.278/.437 in 80 plate appearances. Snitker added that Guillermo Heredia and Ender Inciarte would continue to see action, but it sounded like Adrianza is going to see the bulk of the playing time.

“It’s an opportunity for somebody,” Snitker added. “You can’t feel sorry for yourself, everybody in baseball is going through this kind of stuff.