Braves’ Soroka pulled out of game after HBP

Atlanta Braves rookie phenom Mike Soroka was removed from Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals after his right arm was hit by a pitch during his at-bat in the third inning.

X-rays on the 21-year-old’s forearm came back negative. He could start in his regular rotation spot Friday against the New York Mets, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

“It feels like a bruise,” Soroka said, according to 680 The Fan. “I’ve been hit by enough pucks, baseballs in my lifetime to know the aftermath. It’s just a bruise.”

He stayed in the game to run the bases but was removed in the bottom of the third inning for pitcher Josh Tomlin.

Soroka was visibly upset on Atlanta’s bench after he was removed from the contest. He’d thrown just 21 pitches. The Braves then announced that Soroka had been removed as a precaution.

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“It was an easy decision. He got hit pretty good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Atlanta’s 4-3 victory in 10 innings.

“We’ll know more in a couple of days when he tries to throw the ball around. They don’t seem to think it’s going to be other than a nice bruise,” he said.

Soroka allowed one hit and struck out a batter in the first two innings of the game.

“I knew I got it right in the flexors and as soon as those tighten up there’s pretty much no chance of throwing a baseball today. But good news is the inflammation is going to get out of there and hopefully I’ll be in line for the next start,” Soroka said. Soroka, a contender for National League Rookie of the Year Award, was 8-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 12 starts entering Sunday.

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