Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka (Achilles) won’t play this season

Aug 3, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka (40) throws against the New York Mets in the first inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed Friday that right-hander Mike Soroka will not pitch this season as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury.

Snitker told MLB Network that the former All-Star “is down for the year, and hopefully we’ll get him back next year.”

Soroka, 23, has not pitched in the majors since Aug. 3, 2020 when he sustained the injury during an outing against the New York Mets.

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He had surgery in 2020 to repair the torn tendon, but the team announced on May 12 that a second operation was necessary.

Soroka has only made three starts since his breakout 2019 campaign when he made the All-Star team and finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year race and sixth in the NL Cy Young voting. He was 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 29 starts that season.

Drafted in the first round (28th overall) by Atlanta in 2015, Soroka is 15-6 with a 2.86 ERA over 37 career starts. He has struck out 171 batters and walked 55 in 214 innings.

–Field Level Media