Soroka, after throwing a pitch to Mets third baseman J.D. Davis in the third inning, started making a move over to first to cover while first baseman Freddie Freeman scooped up Davis’ ground ball. As he stepped off the mound, however, Soroka collapsed almost instantly in pain.
The 22-year-old tried to walk off the field after the play ended, though made it limping just a few steps before he fell back down to the infield grass. Soroka was eventually helped off the field and into the dugout, putting no weight on his leg as he did so.
Braves starter Mike Soroka leaves today's game after falling to the ground while attempting to cover 1st base. He was helped off of the field. pic.twitter.com/gJC0Dt3Xcz— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 4, 2020
Soroka went 13-4 for the Braves last season, throwing an impressive 2.68 ERA while earning an All-Star nod. He finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting and sixth for the Cy Young Award.
He was in the middle of his third start of the year when he went down. Soroka was replaced on the mound by Chris Rusin. The loss was the Braves’ first to the Mets in their four-game series and first in their last six games. They had fallen into a 3-0 hole when Soroka went down.
"When you lose in my mind one of the top pitching arms in the entire game for the whole season, it's pretty tough. He was unbelievable last year and he was off to an incredible start again." - Freddie Freeman on Soroka's injury#ForTheA #11Alive pic.twitter.com/6xftg9aH8J— Maria Martin (@Ria_Martin) August 4, 2020
“To sum it up, this night just sucks. It just really does,” Freeman said, via 11 Alive News’ Maria Martin. “When you lose, in my mind, one of the top pitching arms in this entire game for the whole season, it’s pretty tough ... It just sucks. There’s no sugarcoating this night.”
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