Braves pitcher Mike Soroka has another setback in injury recovery

AP photo by John Bazemore / Atlanta Braves starter Mike Soroka pitches during a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox on March 30 in Fort Myers, Fla. Soroka, who missed most of last season due to injury, has not pitched in a regular-season game this year.

ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Soroka has experienced a setback in his recovery from surgery to repair his torn right Achilles' tendon, and the 23-year-old right-hander will have a follow-up procedure next week.

Soroka was the opening day starter for the Braves during the pandemic-delayed 2020 MLB season that didn't begin until late July. Just 10 days later and in his third start of the year, his season was over when he injured his Achilles' against the New York Mets on Aug. 3.

He has not pitched in a regular-season game this year. Earlier this spring, shoulder inflammation curtailed his work to get ready for a return to the mound, leading the Braves to shut down that process temporarily. Now the Achilles' trouble has flared up again, and plans for him to pitch this season are in doubt.