Mike Soroka put together a remarkable 2019 season as a 21-year-old with the Atlanta Braves, finishing sixth in NL Cy Young voting and fifth in wins above replacement (5.6) for NL pitchers. In his third start of the 2020 season, the right-hander suffered a leg injury that does not look good.
Soroka fell to the ground while trying to run to cover first base against the New York Mets, and had to be helped off the field.
Braves starter Mike Soroka leaves today's game after falling to the ground while attempting to cover 1st base. He was helped off of the field. pic.twitter.com/gJC0Dt3Xcz
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 4, 2020
Mike Soroka has to be helped off the field after getting injured trying to cover first base.
Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/c9OrtccCZC
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) August 3, 2020
Hopefully this doesn’t end up being the case, but the immediate concern is that it could be an Achilles injury for Soroka.
I'm afraid that looks like Achilles tendon, just the way Soroka went down and couldn't walk off without assistance.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) August 3, 2020
You can see something in Mike Soroka’s right calf/achilles area pop before he went down to the ground.
Really hope this kid is okay 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/8dJ3P0kWvS
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) August 4, 2020
Other MLB star pitchers such as Marcus Stroman and Jack Flaherty have tweeted their concern and support for Soroka.
I just cringed. Prayers up for @Mike_Soroka28 man. Hoping that’s not a torn achilles. Hate seeing that. Praying for a super quick recovery for one of the best in the game!
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) August 4, 2020
prayers up for Soroka ✊🏽
— Jack Flaherty (@Jack9Flaherty) August 4, 2020
Soroka has a 3.29 ERA in three starts, and is hugely important for a Braves team that FanGraphs gives the fifth-best World Series title odds at the moment. It would be a massive loss for the Braves, but that’s secondary to how awful a significant injury would be for a star athlete that is just three seasons into his career.
UPDATE: It’s indeed a torn right Achilles for Soroka. Braves manager Brian Snitker announced the news.
Mike Soroka suffered a torn right Achilles, per manager Brian Snitker.
The Braves' star right-hander is out for the season.
— Zach Dillard (@Zach_Dillard) August 4, 2020