In a brief stint last year with the Atlanta Braves, right-handed rookie starter Mike Soroka looked like the real deal and potential frontline starter. Unfortunately, his season was cut short because of continued shoulder inflammation.
Coming into camp it seemed like Soroka and the Braves had things under control, but according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, his shoulder is bothering him again and Atlanta is holding him back for 4-5 days.
Soroka’s shoulder is bothering him again. He felt some discomfort while lifting weights a month ago, but he was able to complete bullpens in pain-free fashion until this week. He’ll be restricted from throwing for another 4-5 days.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 22, 2019
Soroka started to feel discomfort a month ago while lifting weights, but up until this week he was able to complete pain-free bullpen sessions.
Braves manager Brian Snitker emphasized that they don't believe this is serious. They just want to be cautious and take it slow with Soroka so it doesn't linger into the season.
Snitker emphasized they don’t think it’s anything serious with #Braves’ Soroka and they’re erring on side of caution again, making sure it’s nothing that lingers into the season. But obviously this isn’t ideal for guy who missed so much of rookie season with shoulder inflammation— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) February 22, 2019
They can downplay it all they want, but for a pitcher who dealt with it for much of last season, this isn't encouraging and it's possible he won't be part of the Opening Day rotation.