The Atlanta Braves might be without ace pitcher Mike Soroka for a while.
Atlanta was on the precipice of completing a four-game home sweep of the arch rival New York Mets on Monday evening. Soroka was battling against another ace pitcher in two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom. After getting in a little bit of trouble in the top of the third, it looks like Soroka’s age-23 season has come to an end after a gruesome injury.
We’ve seen enough Achilles injuries in professional sports to know what they look like and that’s exactly what it looks like. For this to be his plant foot, this undoubtedly ends his season and probably next, as the Braves are in desperate need to find some starting pitcher, now that Soroka will likely be out for at least the next year or so. Here’s to a speedy recovery for the Braves’ ace.
The Braves are so screwed with their rotation after Mike Soroka’s injury.
For anyone in Braves County, your heart is in the pit of your stomach. Soroka going down is the last thing you’d want to see for any player on the team. Sure, any injury to any star player like him would be brutal, but this one is absolutely devastating. Outside of left-hander Max Fried, nobody has any faith whatsoever in what’s left of the Braves’ lackluster rotation.
Presumed No. 3 started and 2018 MLB All-Star Mike Foltynewicz has been designated for assignment. So was journeyman Jhoulys Chacin after a few disappointing outings. While Sean Newcomb and Kyle Wright haven’t been great in their starts either, it’s not their getting sent down now. Look for Newcomb, Wright and Touki Toussaint to be the guys the Braves lean on now. Great!
It would not be shocking for Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos to pull off a blockbuster trade for a quality starting pitcher now that his contending team’s starting rotation has been absolutely decimated. Sure, it’s a 60-game, coronavirus-shortened season, but the Braves have a shot at their first World Series Championship since 1995. They have to make moves right now.
It would take a miracle for Soroka’s 2020 season to have not come to an end on Monday night.