Mike Soroka’s outing against the Nationals Sunday didn’t go exactly as planned.
The Braves right-hander was hit by a pitch in the top of the third inning off a fastball from Washington’s Austin Voth, forcing him to exit early after just 21 pitches. He was visibly frustrated before taking first base as he immediately slammed his bat.
Josh Tomlin took the mound in relief in the bottom of the third.
The Braves announced during the game, which was scoreless at the time of Soroka’s departure, that the right-hander was removed for precautionary reasons.
Luckily for Soroka and the Braves, X-rays on his arm came back as negative and could return to the mound as early as Friday.
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Soroka, 21, entered Sunday’s game with a 2.07 ERA, which was the second-lowest among MLB starters. He is now 8-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 12 starts this season.