Mike Soroka expected to make next scheduled start

Michael John Graydon Soroka was born Aug. 4, 1997 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Braves drafted Mike Soroka in the first round (28th) of the 2015 draft. In 61 minor league games (59 starts), Soroka has a 2.91 ERA and 287 strikeouts in 330 2/3 innings. A non-roster invitee, Soroka has struck out three batters in three innings. On Thursday, Soroka struck out Miguel Cabrera on a 95 mph fastball that impressed Cabrera.

The Braves were encouraged by Mike Soroka’s progress Wednesday, and he remains on track to make his next scheduled start Friday.

Soroka was hit by a pitch and left his start Sunday after two innings. He was bruised, but avoided any serious injury. As of Tuesday, the right-hander felt tightness during workouts. The team was considering bumping back his next start if needed.

But he threw Wednesday and showed no reason for concern. The Braves now expect Soroka to start Friday against the Mets in New York.

“He felt really good. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and plan to have him go on Friday,” manager Brian Snitker said. The Braves have little reason to push Soroka after shoulder issues prematurely ended his 2018 season and 2019 spring training.

Soroka, 21, has been the most consistent presence in the Braves’ rotation. In his first full season, he’s produced a 2.07 ERA with 63 strikeouts against 19 walks over 13 starts.

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