Although the big league Braves had a much-needed day of success in Washington against the Nationals, the franchise received some less than ideal news about Mike Soroka’s comeback.
Soroka felt discomfort in his right shoulder when launching at the alternate training site yesterday. There is no structural damage, but he will be paralyzed for two weeks with inflammation in his right shoulder.
– Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 7, 2021
Soroka is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury that ended his 2020 season barely earlier this year. Surgery and rehabilitation of the injury were ahead of his leg, as Soroka even launched for some hitters in the final game of Braves’ spring training.
Of course, it is certainly a positive that this setback did not concern Soroka’s leg nor did it result in any structural damage. However, some concerns center on the fact that any shoulder discomfort involving Soroka takes on a little more significance after his 2018 season ended earlier due to shoulder discomfort and the start of his 2019 season carried the same concern. . While it is too early to speculate on how much it might delay Soroka’s debut this season beyond the two weeks reported, it is certainly logical to assume that it could take a significant amount of time before we see one of Braves’ best young talent back on the hill.
The bright side is the fact that the Braves have some logical options to consider for their fifth slot between Huascar Ynoa, Kyle Wright and Bryse Wilson. However, if another injury occurs to one of the first four Braves’ starters or if ineffectiveness is established, the delay in Soroka’s return may increase in relevance. Undoubtedly, the Braves will not take any risks and will be cautious in Soroka’s rehabilitation. The only focus is to ensure that, when he returns, he is clearly healthy and ready to produce with elite consistency once again.