This one hurts because everyone is fully aware at this point of just how much Soroka has had to overcome to even make it back to the big leagues. A shoulder injury cost him his rookie season and then two Achilles tears back to back cost him most of the previous three seasons before he finally made it back to the big leagues in 2023 where he appeared in seven games and posted a 6.40 ERA.
The results weren't great, but a certain amount of rust after such a long layoff was to be expected. However, his injury bad luck did not end this season as he had a hamstring issue that pulled him out of the competition for a rotation spot this spring and then he ended the season on the IL with an issue in his throwing elbow.
Everyone loves Mike and frankly, they should because he is an amazing person to be around. The reality is, though, that he is about to enter his last (and most expensive) year of arbitration and guaranteeing him a major league contract with all of his issues doesn't seem like a wise decision. Mike proving that assumption wrong would be amazing, but the Braves probably can't afford to have a roster spot taken by a guy that simply hasn't proved that he can stay on the field especially with all of the pitching options they are going to have to entertain going into 2024.