Braves Hard-Luck Pitcher's Comeback Ends; Season Is Over

He's only pitched in 3 games since 2019, and it finally seemed all the hard work was going to pay off for the rehabbing, hard-luck Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Soroka. But now we've learned that yet another season is over for him.

Soroka is coming back from not one, but TWO Achilles tears over the past three years. Now 25, he had pitched six games on a rehab assignment at Triple-A, but now is shut down again with elbow soreness. Thankfully, there's no structural damage. 

The former 1st-rounder (2015 Draft) broke through with a bang in 2019, making the All-Star team in his rookie season, with a 13-4 record, a 2.68 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 142:42 K/BB ratio. He was also the runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting, and 6th in Cy Young balloting. 

He first tore his Achilles in August 2020 after just three starts, then on his comeback in June of 2021, tore it again. 

He had finally reached the point of rehab games last month, but now an elbow issue has ended the dream of a late-season comeback. 

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