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Alex Anthopoulos says Mike Soroka, Travis d’Arnaud and Huascar Ynoa could return in August

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It would be a big boost if the Braves can manage to stay in the playoff hunt over the next two months

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The Braves have been hit harder than almost any team in the league with injuries, but Alex Anthopoulos provided a positive update on three key players during an interview with The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz on Monday.

According to Anthopoulos, the team is “optimistic” starting pitcher Mike Soroka could return to the mound by late August. After undergoing surgery for a torn Achilles last August, Soroka was shut down six weeks ago during his rehabilitation efforts and underwent another surgery to clean up discomfort in the heel area. We can only hope the young righty can put the injury behind him, but my confidence level in Soroka being able to return this season and make an impact is, unfortunately, not very high.

Anthopoulos also said the team expects to get back catcher Travis d’Arnaud and starting pitcher Huascar Ynoa at some point in August. d’Arnaud is currently on the injured list after breaking his thumb while Ynoa is out with a broken hand suffered while punching a bench in Milwaukee. Ynoa was off to a tremendous start in 2021 with a 3.02 ERA and 3.13 xFIP across eight starts before breaking his hand.