Happy Mike Soroka 2019 debut day. Unless you’re Shane Carle, who’s being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett for the second time this month to make room for Soroka on the 25-man roster.
Carle made one appearance since his recall, which came earlier in the Braves’ current series against the Diamondbacks. He pitched a scoreless inning but allowed two walks, and only escaped because a runner was thrown out at third trying to take an extra pitch on a ball that bounced away from the catcher. As a result, his season pitching triple-slash in the majors is an even uglier 9.64/13.60/10.01, but he’ll surely be back up at some point later as the Braves need another right-handed reinforcement from their bullpen.
Mike Soroka, of course, is the big news today and will taking the hill around noontime. The Canadian right-hander wasn’t as sharp in his two rust-shaking starts in Triple-A so far as he was previously, but they were mostly tune-ups anyway. If he’s healthy and ready to go, it could be an exciting afternoon for the Braves.