Soroka, Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb were all able to pitch against live hitters this week, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. In an interview with Foltynewicz, the right-hander indicated the trio has been getting together regularly to play catch and keep arms loose at a high school near the players' homes in the Atlanta area, but Tuesday they were joined by Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Charlie Culberson. Each pitcher tossed three simulated innings of about 15 pitches against his teammates, a step up in intensity from the twice-a-week bullpens each has been throwing. Foltynewicz estimated he and the other pitchers in the group are 75-80 percent stretched out and would need about two weeks of a second training camp to be ready for the regular season, whenever it might begin, which puts Soroka in good position to build on what has been an impressive start to the 22-year-old's career.
Soroka allowed one hit and three walks over four scoreless innings in Tuesday's split-squad game against the Astros. He struck out two. The young right-hander hasn't quite been in midseason form this spring -- he has a 7:5 K:BB through 8.2 innings -- but Soroka continues to get stretched out and remains on pace to handle the Opening Day assignment for Atlanta.
Soroka tossed two scoreless innings Friday in his Grapefruit League debut, allowing three hits and striking out three, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Facing a Yankees split-squad lineup containing regulars like DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela, Soroka didn't give up any hard contact and needed only 20 pitches (16 strikes) to complete his afternoon. After having his spring debut slightly delayed due to some tightness in his right adductor, the 22-year-old looked healthy and focused, and he remains on track to get the Opening Day nod for Atlanta.
Soroka (groin) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Friday's split-squad matchup with the Yankees, according to 680 The Fan Atlanta. Soroka's spring debut was pushed back a few days because of his injury, but as long as he makes it through Friday's outing without issue he will be on track to be ready by Opening Day.
Soroka (groin) will start Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports. Soroka is on track to make his spring debut Friday against the Yankees after a sore groin kept him from toeing the rubber as scheduled last weekend. The right-hander should be in the mix for Atlanta's Opening Day assignment after posting a 2.68 ERA and 1.11 WHIP across 29 starts (174.2 innings) in 2019.
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