Batter Up!: Braves At Crossroads After Soroka Injury


The Atlanta Braves suffered a shock to the system with the loss of RHP Mike Soroka to a season-ending injury on Monday night.

Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos spoke to reporters on Tuesday, via conference call, and said his MRI revealed a tear in the Achilles tendon with no timetable for his recovery.

Naturally, many believed the optimism of the Braves' chances for the 2020 season left when Soroka departed the mound not able to put any weight on his right leg.

The Batter Up! Podcast believes that we should pause before slamming the panic button.

Will Palaszczuk says, "This postseason format is forgiving enough that the Braves are still going to be in the mix for the postseason, and given the way Alex Anthopoulos has spoken before the season, he wasn't shy about being aggressive at the August 31st trade deadline."

Anthopoulos told reporters that while the Braves had been engaged in talks regarding a potential trade addition to the rotation, nothing appears imminent at this time.

He said they're not done exploring options, though.

"Alex Anthopoulos is going to have to weigh at what cost do you go and get an arm. Do you give up an everyday player? Do you give up a prospect such as Drew Waters? I don't think any of those options are on the table," Johnson said. "I don't see the willingness to give up so much in this shortened season when you add one pitcher, and you're still trying to figure out three.

Joe Patrick believes this also puts more of the onus on the development of the Braves' young pitchers.

"We're going to find out so much about this rotation in the next week to two weeks," Patrick said. "We're going to see new guys get starts, I believe Josh Tomlin gets the nod initially, Touki Touissant is going to continue to get starts, Kyle Wright's going to get starts."

Anthopoulos said the Braves will make some roster moves to protect the bullpen over the next four games, and added that they will make a decision leading up to Saturday on who will start in Soroka's spot for the time being.

To listen to the guys break things down on the latest episode of the Batter Up! Podcast.