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.

Hopefully this doesn’t end up being the case, but the immediate concern is that it could be an Achilles injury for Soroka.

Other MLB star pitchers such as Marcus Stroman and Jack Flaherty have tweeted their concern and support for Soroka.

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.


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