As the Braves deal with another injury scare in the form of Mike Foltynewicz leaving last night’s start a bit early, on other fronts they are starting to get healthy again. Young RHP Mike Soroka last pitched against the Marlins on 5/12 before going on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. Before that, Soroka had been largely excellent for Atlanta in his first three MLB starts while posting a 3.68 ERA, 2.76 FIP, and striking out more than a batter an inning.
Fortunately for Atlanta, the wait for his return is over as he is officially making his start today and the Braves sent Luke Jackson back to the Gwinnett Shuttle.
The #Braves today returned RHP Mike Soroka from his rehabilitation assignment and reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list. In order to make room on the active roster, the club designated RHP Luke Jackson for assignment.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 13, 2018
With Soroka back in the rotation, it does remain unclear what will happen in the near term with the rotation. Julio Teheran is supposed to start at the end of the week, but whether or not the Braves think he is healthy enough to do so remains to be seen. That combined with some uncertainty with Folty making his next start (he remained firm that he would be able to make his next start fwiw after the game) could make things interesting in the coming weeks.
As for Luke Jackson, this is just the latest in a series of promotions and demotions for him as he has been unable to lock in a position in the Braves’ bullpen over the last year or so. In 2018, he has posted a 5.08 ERA in four appearances with the team and has a 4.66 ERA and 4.31 FIP in 47 appearances with the Braves overall.