Trea Turner cannot be stopped.
While this is certainly not an ideal development for the rest of the NL East if we were in the midst of the 2023 season, it is a welcome occurrence for team USA Baseball. After sending Team USA to the semifinals with a go ahead Grand Slam on Saturday, Turner went deep two more times on Sunday to help the United States beat Cuba 14-2. Team USA now awaits the winner of Mexico and Japan on Tuesday night in the WBC finals.
Of course, while the World Baseball Classic continues to be a great source of fun and action, the Braves received some great news on Sunday. Both Kyle Wright and Michael Soroka have been working their way back from minor ailments early in the Spring, and now both players are on track to make their Spring Training debuts. After Wright takes the mound for the first time today, Michael Soroka is scheduled to make his debut on Wednesday:
#Braves pitcher Michael Soroka will be back on the mound Wednesday against Detroit. Asked if he was excited, the affable Canadian said, “Very. It’s been a while. That speed bump (hamstring strain) obviously was unexpected. But it’s OK.” https://t.co/v31fzGsvXr— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) March 20, 2023
While it remains to be seen what the status of Wright and Soroka will be for the start of the regular season, it will be great to see both back on the mound this week.
- There is no doubt Max Fried is ready for the regular season as he was superb once again on Sunday.
- Jackson Stephens was sent to Triple-A on Sunday.
- The latest development for the Braves at shortstop is that Vaughn Grissom is set to be back in the field at shortstop on Monday.
- Jose Altuve is set to undergo surgery after suffering a broken thumb in Saturdays WBC quarterfinal.
- X-rays were negative for Nolan Arenado after he was hit in the hand as well in the WBC semifinals.
- Cuba’s Yoan Moncada also left Sunday’s game after suffering a possible concussion, though he continued to receive positive news after the game.
- Jurickson Profar signed a one-year deal with the Rockies.