Chris Rusin replaced Soroka and finished the inning. The Mets scored four times in the frame, taking a 4-0 lead, and went on to win 7-2. It snapped the Braves’ five-game winning streak.
Snitker made the announcement of the extent of Soroka’s injury following the game. He did not know if the tendon was partially or completely torn.
“He’s young and he’s strong, so I’m sure he’ll come back stronger than ever,” Snitker said. “Somebody else is going to get an opportunity. Things like that happen. These guys will regroup and somebody will get an opportunity to do something really good. We have some young guys who will continue to get better and we’re going to be fine.”
Soroka, who turns 23 on Tuesday, made his first opening-day start this season. The right-hander was an All-Star in 2019 and accumulated a 2.68 ERA across 29 starts.
“To sum it up, this night just sucks,” an emotional Freeman said. “When you lose one of the top pitching arms in this entire game for the whole season, it’s pretty tough. He was just about to take off. He was unbelievable as a rookie last year and he was off to an incredible start again.”