Braves pitchers Mike Foltynewicz, A.J. Minter and Mike Soroka played catch Friday as they work their way back into game shape. Reliever Darren O’Day still hasn’t resumed throwing.
Soroka’s spring was undone by shoulder soreness, a product of offseason workouts in January. He remains hopeful to pitch in the next couple of weeks, but the Braves won’t put a timeline on him.
“All the reports are good and he feels good,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We just have to be patient and go through the proper procedures and get him back.”
Minter has endured shoulder soreness of his own, but the Braves believe he’ll be on the opening-day roster. They say the same of O’Day, as does the righty himself, but it’s growing increasingly more difficult to envision O’Day being ready for March 28.
“I just don’t know the timetable until they do the pitchers catch and all that stuff,” Snitker said. “Minter is throwing, but O’Day isn’t yet.”
The Braves ruled out Foltynewicz for what would’ve been his first opening-day nod. He’s only expected to miss a week or two of the regular season because of elbow soreness.
“He’s throwing, feels good, but it’s a matter of time now,” Snitker said. “He’s missed so much that we have to build him back. It’s going to take time. You have to go through the paces to get back.”
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