It was a busy and depressing news day for the Atlanta Braves on Friday with Johan Camargo being re-called and Mike Soroka officially out for the season.
Neither news item from the Atlanta Braves on Friday should come as much of a shock. Carmargo always seemed like the safe bet to replace Marcell Ozuna on the roster, and after Soroka’s latest injury setback it didn’t seem very likely we’d see him again this year.
Best case scenario was always that Soroka might be back sometime in August and then could help the Braves down the stretch. But it’s probably for the best to let him heal probably and start focussing on 2022.
However, that’s now pretty much two years of very little baseball at the Major League level. You have to be really concerned about the future of Mike Soroka.
If anyone can bounce back and battle through all of this, though, it’s Soroka. Still, your heart has to go out to him.
UPDATE: Snitker may have spoken prematurely about Soroka’s availability this season as it’s now been reported he has NOT been ruled out for 2021.
Still, if the manager is saying that he’s not expecting much of anything from him in 2021, and neither am I.
As for Camargo, I only hope this move is temporary as Alex Anthopoulos looks externally for outfield options.
It’s really hard to work a trade of any significance this time of year and those deals normally take a while.
I do believe they held this roster move back as long as possible because AA is calling everyone trying to see what kind of deal could be made.
It would not surprise me at all if he is able to make a trade in the coming week to help bolster the outfield. Not anything big, but at least a serviceable everyday outfield who hopefully can replace some of the pop in the order lose with Ozuna out.
Remember, Ozuna could be back in six weeks, so if they make a trade for someone they have to consider the fact that player could be relegated to the bench after six weeks.
It’s also surprising that Abraham Almonte or Phillip Ervin didn’t a call-up, but a 40-man spot would need to be created for them to join the Braves.
And I know a lot of people thought Drew Waters or Orlando Arcia would be a good choice. Again, Waters would have needed a 40-man spot and he’s just not ready as I wrote here.
Arcia can’t really play the outfield and wasn’t great in Spring Training at third base. It’s obvious now that the only way he gets called up is if something happens to Dansby Swanson or Ozzie Albies.