Injured starter Mike Soroka is still taking things “week by week” in his recovery from a torn Achilles but he remains optimistic that he will be able to return at some point in 2021. Soroka suffered a setback in May when his recovery simply wasn’t progressing as well as he was expecting. That led to exploratory surgery which revealed that Soroka’s body had rejected the sutures that placed during the original surgery. That led to increased inflammation which was what was causing Soroka the issues in his recovery.
The good news is that the Achilles itself is healing properly and there was no further damage. Soroka is currently still in a boot but should be getting rid of it in the next week and is approximately two weeks away from starting normal throwing exercises. There is still a long way to go and the Braves won’t take any chances with him but there is finally some good news in regards to Soroka’s recovery.
Speaking of pitching, the Braves will have a couple of decisions to make in the coming days. Atlanta will need a starter for Sunday’s series finale against the Cardinals following Tucker Davidson’s injury. Most signs are pointing to Bryse Wilson making that start as he last pitched on Tuesday and would be on turn. Following that game, Atlanta will travel to New York where they will play four games in three days in a critical series against the Mets. They will need an additional starter for Monday’s doubleheader and Brian Snitker confirmed that Kyle Muller would be an option. Muller made his Major League debut in Wednesday’s loss to Boston and was optioned Wednesday but could return as the 27th man for the doubleheader. The Braves likely won’t announce their pitching plans for until sometime this weekend.
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- Jacob DeGrom played catch Thursday, a day after he exited Wednesday’s start after just three innings due to a sore shoulder. An MRI revealed no structural damage but the Mets did not reveal an official diagnosis. For now, he remains not he active roster and could return to the mound as soon as Monday’s doubleheader against the Braves.
- The Houston Astros placed third baseman Alex Bregman on the 10-day injured list Thursday. Bregman left Wednesday’s game early with a left quad strain.
- The White Sox placed outfielder Adam Eaton on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring. Eaton’s injury means that all three of Chicago’s projected Opening Day outfielders are currently on the injured list.
- Prior to Thursday’s game, the St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of veteran lefty Wade LeBlanc who joined the team in Atlanta. The Cardinals have been hampered by several injuries to their starting rotation.
- The Tampa Bay Rays acquired first baseman Mike Ford from the New York Yankees in exchange for cash considerations and a player to be named later. The Rays optioned Ford to Triple-A and transferred right-hander Tyler Glasnow to the 60-day injured list.