In what is not exactly surprising, but still just as gut-wrenching, Brian Snitker and the Atlanta Braves have announced that starting pitcher Mike Soroka will miss the remainder of the 2021 season.
Just in case your head has been in the sand for the past few months, Soroka tore his right Achilles tendon back on August 3rd. He had since had surgery to repair the tear, and then recently suffered a setback and underwent exploratory surgery after Soroka complained of soreness in the area.
This news is especially not great following Huascar Ynoa breaking his hand, and Marcell Ozuna fracturing two of his fingers - but again it is not that surprising following the setback Soroka suffered and the additional surgery that he had.
The injuries are beginning to mount for Soroka in a scary fashion with him having pitched just 214 innings dating back to 2018 when he suffered shoulder inflammation that limited him to just 25.2 innings pitched. In 2019, he made his return to the mound before complaining of shoulder discomfort again that year - however, he managed to pitch that season to great success where he earned an All-star game nod, and placed sixth in Cy Young voting. Hopefully, Soroka can recover fully from the Achilles injury, cast aside his past shoulder issues, and come into 2022 ready to go and compete for a spot.
UPDATE - I don’t think it will change the outcome but another report states that Soroka hasn’t been ruled out “officially” and that he will be reevaluated in two weeks.
However, another person familiar with the situation said after Snitker's MLB Network interview that Soroka hasn't officially been ruled out for this season and that he'll be reevaluated in two weeks, as stated following the May 17 exploratory/clean-up procedure on his Achilles.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) May 28, 2021