Braves place Soroka on 10-day DL with shoulder strain

 Rookie right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) has been placed on the 10-day disabled list by the Atlanta Braves due to a shoulder strain. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

Rookie right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) has been placed on the 10-day disabled list by the Atlanta Braves due to a shoulder strain. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Kevin Glew

Canadian Baseball Network

The Atlanta Braves have placed right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to May 14) due to a right shoulder strain.

The 20-year-old Canuck has impressed in three major league starts with the Braves this season, posting a 1-1 record and a 3.68 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.

"It's just a little tightness. It just kind of felt locked up in one certain spot," Soroka told reporters about his shoulder injury on Thursday.

Tests indicate that there is no structural damage to his shoulder and Soroka says the trip to the DL is more "precautionary."

Braves manager Brian Snitker doesn't believe the injury will sideline Soroka long-term.

"I think we'll calm it down and then have him throw a rehab start and then make sure everything is good and then if that goes good, then whenever would be his next start, he would be available," Snitker told reporters on Thursday.

A graduate of the Canadian Junior National Team, Soroka was a first-round pick (28th overall) of the Braves in the 2015 MLB draft. Following an All-Star campaign with class-A Rome in 2016, Soroka advanced to double-A Mississippi in 2017 and recorded 11 wins and a 2.78 ERA and was named Braves' Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Prior to being called up by the Braves this season, Soroka was 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA with 24 strikeouts in four starts with triple-A Gwinnett.

The Braves have promoted left-hander Max Fried from triple-A to fill Soroka's spot in the Braves' rotation.