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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.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.