Mike Soroka has completely torn his right Achilles, forcing him to undergo end-of-season surgery, the Braves announced on Saturday. This will be the third surgery on this tendon since it initially injured it in August 2020.
According to the Braves, Soroka again injured his Achilles just by walking to the clubhouse on Thursday:
An MRI was performed, which revealed a complete re-tear of the tendon. Soroka will require end-of-season surgery, which will be scheduled for the week.
– Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 26, 2021
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Soroka’s Achilles operation – the date of which has not yet been determined – will be his third in less than a year. The 23-year-old pitcher first tore his tendon on August 3, 2020 against the Mets. He fell to the ground after his 48th throw and had to be helped off the field. The injury ended his season, one in which he had three starts, a 0-1 record and a 3.95 ERA in 13 2⁄3 innings.
Soroka intended to join the Atlanta rotation by the end of April, although this was inhibited by shoulder inflammation. He suffered a setback in his Achilles recovery in May after experiencing pain while walking. Her body was found to be rejecting sutures from her initial surgery, requiring exploratory surgery in mid-May.
Soroka has only made 37 starts since making his MLB debut in 2018. He had five starts this 2018 season, before right shoulder discomfort stopped him. Soroka embarked on a breakout campaign in 2019, becoming the Braves’ youngest pitcher to be named an All-Star and finishing sixth in the ballot for the 2019 National League Cy Young Award.