Soroka started five games during the 2018 campaign before being shut down due to a shoulder injury. While manager Brian Snitker has no intention of restricting Soroko, he'll likely take it slow with the 21-year-old right-hander to prevent any further issues.
Snitker added that a "best-case scenario" is that Soroka can pitch a little for the Braves' Instructional League team before having a "normal offseason." As expected, the 21-year-old will not take the mound for Atlanta again in 2018 after dealing with shoulder fatigue that has sidelined him since mid-June. With the minor-league season winding down, there just isn't enough time for him to build his arm back up to speed without rushing through some steps, which is obviously not the best option for a young pitcher.
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.
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