Feb. 18, 2021 –
BY KEVIN MCALPIN
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – As Braves pitchers and catchers took to the field for the first workout of the new year, there was some very promising news when it comes to the health of Mike. All offseason, it’s been widely assumed that Soroka could miss the first month or so of the regular season. However, Brian Snitker isn’t ready to rule him out just yet. “We have five weeks to determine that” Snitker said, when asked if Soroka could be ready by April 1st. “I don’t think it’d be fair to him or us to say he’s not going to mamke the starting rotation. I don’t think we’re going to push or rush…going to see how this thing transpires” the manager added.
Soroka had a chance to give an update after workouts wrapped up on Thursday and said “It’s been progressing really well…I feel amazing” he said. When it comes to his arm strength, Soroka said he felt like he could be ready to compete today. The next step will be really pushing himself during PFP drills, getting off the mound to field bunts, cover first base, etc. Once he’s able to clear that hurdle, the club will have a much better idea of if he could be ready by Opening Day, or if he’d be slightly delayed going into the 2021 regular season. Regardless, day one in North Port brought about plenty of positive news when it comes to the ace of the Atlanta rotation.
Kevin McAlpin has covered the Braves since 2012 for @680TheFan and the @BravesRadioNet.