Braves Lose Ace Mike Soroka To TOrn Achilles
Just a couple of innings into the matchup on Monday night, Met’s third baseman J.D. Davis grounded to second and Braves ace Mike Soroka tumbled to the ground in pain. Soroka took a weird step heading off the mound during the play and went down having snapped his right achilles. As Soroka was being helped off the field, it was obvious even to the announcers that he snapped the achilles as they watched the replay.
This is obviously not something a team wants to see happen ever, but for a contending team to lose their ace early in this shortened season… well that’s going to shift the whole season outlook. They’ve already lost Cole Hamels and his one-year, $18 million deal, as he’s been sitting on the bench with shoulder and triceps injuries (and probably won’t even pitch in one game this season).
Former King Felix Hernandez opted out of the season before it even started (though this wasn’t much of a loss, as the once great King Felix was coming off of his worst year ever and wasn’t even necessarily going to make the 40-man roster when he was signed to his one year deal). These guys were supposed to soften the blow of the loss of last year’s big bad pitchers: Dallas Keuchel (now with the White Sox), Julio Teheran (now with the Angels), and Mike Foltynewicz – who was designated for assignment after losing five miles per hour in velocity from last season (but more likely as punishment for this shit show in the playoffs).
Best wishes on a speedy recovery, Mike Soroka! (And to the Braves.. there’s always next year).