Braves’ Soroka tears his Achilles tendon again, lost for the season | Sports news

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By JEFF WALLNER, Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) – Atlanta Braves right-handed Mike Soroka is facing an operation at the end of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon again.

The Braves said Soroka suffered the new rift on Saturday Thursday when he went to the clubhouse in Truist Park, where he continued his rehabilitation while the team was in Cincinnati.

“It was his first day out of the boot,” said manager Brian Snitker ahead of Saturday’s game at Great American Ball Park. “He was only on foot. I hate it for him. All signs were fine until he took that step and felt that bang. “

Soroka is now about to have his third Achilles tendon operation. The team says the procedure will be scheduled within a week.

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Prior to that recent setback, there was no schedule for Soroka’s return, although Snitker said he was confident he could return by the end of this season. Soroka hadn’t started shedding the hill yet.

Snitker texted Soroka Saturday morning after hearing the news and later spoke to him by phone.

“He put things in perspective,” said Snitker. “He’s ready for the next trip he’s going to take. It really hit him in the stomach the day it happened. “

Soroka, who was Atlanta’s starter on Opening Day in 2020, tore the Achilles for the first time in a game against the New York Mets on August 3, 2020. He had surgery at the end of the season and was working on returning this season when he suffered a setback in May which resulted in a follow-up procedure.

Soroka worked again to return that season before ripping the same Achilles. The Braves say an MRI confirmed the new crack.

Soroka became one of the founders of the Braves rotation in 2019 when he went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA. The Canadian earned a place in the All-Star Game, finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year election and sixth in the Cy Young Award.

News of Soroka’s setback spread through the Braves’ clubhouse on Saturday.

“They’re all sick for him,” said Snitker.

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