Soroka, 23, is one of baseball’s best young pitchers when healthy. He had a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts in 2019, when he earned All-Star honors during his first full season. He’s expected to be a pillar in the Braves rotation when he gets back on the field, joining Max Fried and Ian Anderson to form what the franchise hopes is one of the sport’s better pitching trios over the next handful of years.
The Braves have multiple pitchers capable of filling the rotation vacancy. Bryse Wilson seemed to win the fifth starter job with a strong spring, and he could join the rotation as early as next week. Huascar Ynoa pitched five scoreless innings Wednesday and showed he should be a factor as well. The team also has Kyle Wright, who came on strong at the end of last season, at the alternate training site.