MLB: Atlanta Braves-Media Day

Mar 1, 2021; North Port, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves Mike Soroka #40 poses during media day at Cool Today Park. Mandatory Credit: MLB photos vis USA TODAY Sports

Mike Soroka’s injury woes remain ongoing as the Atlanta Braves right-hander will need exploratory surgery on his previously torn Achilles tendon.

Soroka has not pitched since August when he originally injured his Achilles in an outing against the New York Mets. He had surgery in 2020 to repair the tear.

As the 2019 All-Star was progressing toward a return this spring, he came away with right shoulder inflammation. With the shoulder issue behind him, Soroka had a setback with his Achilles serious enough to necessitate an MRI exam this week.

“I think just moving around and then just talking to him, he could just tell that something wasn’t right,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

While a specific issue was not revealed from the scans, it was serious enough to require a second surgical procedure that will keep Soroka out indefinitely.

According to the Athletic, the original surgeon, Robert Anderson, will also conduct the exploratory procedure at his clinic in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“I hate it for the kid,” Snitker said. “He’s worked so hard and come so far and is so dedicated to get it back, I hate it for him personally to have this setback. And we won’t know until after the surgeon goes in and sees exactly what’s going on. He’s actually handling it pretty well. He’s a mature kid.”

Soroka made just three starts last season, but was 13-4 in 2019 with a 2.68 ERA, when he finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting. The former 28th overall draft pick in 2015 is 15-6 with a 2.86 ERA in 37 career starts.

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