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Mike Soroka exits game after hit-by-pitch on forearm

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Braves starter Mike Soroka was removed for precautionary reasons on Sunday shortly after taking a 93.3-m.p.h. fastball off of his right forearm. It’s not yet clear whether any serious damage was done or how the incident will affect Soroka’s ability to make his next start.

The rookie stepped up to bat against the Nationals’ Austin Voth in the third inning and had just worked a 2-1 count against the pitcher before the next ball struck him in the arm. He threw his bat in the dirt and immediately walked out toward first base, where he remained without consultation or examination from the team’s medical staff for the rest of the inning.

Soroka, 21, has impressed during his rookie campaign with the Braves thus far. Entering Sunday’s finale, he boasted an 8-1 record in 12 starts with a 2.12 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 7.3 SO/9 across 76 1/3 innings, results that were only slightly marred by two shaky outings against the Pirates and Mets over the last week and a half.

Prior to the incident, the right-hander appeared to be on the cusp of another dominant start. He fired two one-hit, one-strikeout innings against the Nationals and was later replaced by Josh Tomlin in the bottom of the third.

The Braves currently lead the Nationals 2-0 in the seventh.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.