But What Do I Know? . . . Mike Soroka, Tyler O’Neill, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cal Ripken Jr.

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By Kevin Glew

Cooperstowners in Canada

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories:

-Early Friday afternoon, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said in an interview on the MLB Network that Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) would miss the rest of the season due to nagging issues with the torn Achilles tendon injury the right-hander suffered last August. But shortly after that, Snitker backtracked on his comments and said that this may not be the case. David O’Brien, of The Athletic, shared that Soroka underwent an “exploratory/clean-up” surgery on his Achilles on May 17 and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. It was originally announced that the Canadian righty had suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from the torn Achilles injury on May 12. That was another disappointing turn of events for the Junior National Team alum who has been sidelined with right shoulder discomfort since leaving his start at the Braves’ alternate site on April 6. Tests showed no structural damage, but there was some inflammation and he hadn’t starting throwing again before he was placed on the Braves’ 60-day injured list on April 30. Soroka made just three starts in 2020, but in his rookie campaign in 2019, he went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts and finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.

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