Michael Soroka is done for the season for the Atlanta Braves. Soroka was called up to make a start against the Cardinals last Tuesday. He allowed five runs in three innings before leaving with numbness in his fingers. The concern following the game left us all numb with fear.
There was real concern Soroka had structural damage to his elbow and could possibly require Tommy John surgery. Thankfully, Soroka will not require surgery and has been shut down with inflammation. Now that his 2023 is in the books, we can look back on it and appreciate it for what it was.
The moments between his exit and the announcement that he just had inflammation made us wonder if we had seen the last of Soroka. The big-league numbers didn't look good for the "Maple Maddux" in 2023, but it was a huge step in the right direction for Soroka. Here are a few reasons we think Soroka could be back to his old self in 2024.