The Braves' decision to place Soroka on the 60-day disabled list in late June shortly after he was diagnosed with shoulder fatigue already made it likely that he would be unavailable until September, so it's not especially surprising that the rookie hasn't resumed throwing yet. Because Soroka would need about a month to build up his arm once he begins throwing again in order to get conditioned for a starting workload, the Braves may prefer to bring him back as a reliever in September. The injury coupled with his uncertain role when he returns doesn't make Soroka an appealing pitcher to stash in single-season formats, but he'll retain plenty of appeal in keeper or dynasty settings due to his frontline upside as a starter.
Soroka has been on the 60-day disabled list since June 22 due to right shoulder inflammation. The right-hander also complained of arm fatigue and hasn't resumed throwing since being placed on the DL.
Soroka (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.
Though the Braves had yet to announce a timeframe for Soroka's return following his placement on the DL this past weekend, it comes as a slight surprise that the right-hander will be forced to miss an lengthy period of time after receiving clean results after Friday's MRI. The 20-year-old complained of shoulder fatigue and a lack of arm speed during his previous outing versus the Blue Jays last Tuesday, which was a concerning development considering he just spent a month on the disabled list beginning in the middle of May. If his shoulder responds positively over the coming weeks, Soroka should be able to build his arm back up to speed by mid-August, when he will be eligible to return from the shelf. In a corresponding move, Wes Parsons joined the Braves 40-man roster prior to Wednesday's game against the Reds.
Soroka's MRI result revealed no tears or structural damage, but he admitted to feeling fatigue in his shoulder and a lack of arm speed against Toronto on Tuesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Soroka was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Wednesday due to right rotator-cuff inflammation. There still has yet to be any sort of timetable announced for the 20-year-old's return to the mound, though it's unlikely he will need an extended period of time on the shelf after receiving good news from Friday's tests. In his absence, Brandon McCarthy has rejoined the Braves' rotation and will pitch Sunday while Mike Foltynewicz is set to return from the DL (triceps) on Monday.
Soroka made his return from the disabled list June 13, but struggled through 4.2 innings Tuesday and is apparently still dealing with the inflammation that sidelined him for a month. The severity of the issue remains unclear at this point, but the 20-year-old would be eligible to return for next Saturday's game at St. Louis.
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