The team confirmed what many suspected Monday evening, that the Braves young number one starter will miss the rest of the 2020 season with a torn Achilles’ tendon after an awkward step trying to cover first base on a ground ball.
RHP Mike Soroka suffered a torn right Achilles’ tendon tonight. He is out for the season.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 4, 2020
This is obviously brutal for the 22 year old Canadian. I know I speak for the entire Talking Chop masthead and community when I say we wish Mike a smooth and speedy recovery.
Soroka was off to a great start to the 2020 season, despite a rocky start on Monday, and was acting as the Braves number one starter and doing a great job in that role. The injury is awful for Mike personally, and also leaves a massive gaping hole on the roster of a Braves team that looked good, but already had major rotation concerns. This injury leaves Atlanta with Max Fried as it’s lone reliable starter, and despite how good Fried has looked in the last year, his track record is short. After Fried there are major questions about all the other starters, with Sean Newcomb being infamously inefficient, with mixed effectiveness and similar concerns about Touki Toussaint and Kyle Wright. Since the Braves recently lost a starting pitcher when they designated Mike Foltynewicz for assignment, there is already an article up on the next potential options to join the major league rotation.
This is a sad night for everyone associated with the Braves, and really for baseball in general as a young star in Soroka went down to a season-ending injury on what seems to have been a freak accident.