Braves’ Mike Soroka tosses six no-hit innings, gets W in return from DL

Braves rookie Mike Soroka knows how to make a return from the disabled list.
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Soroka, on the 10-day DL since May 17 with a muscle strain near his right shoulder, looked plenty healthy Wednesday, delivering 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball to get the win in a 2-0 Braves victory after being activated for the start against the Mets.

Working on an 85- to 90-pitch limit, according to Braves manager Brian Snitker, Soroka efficiently breezed through six innings of hitless ball on 64 pitches with three strikeouts.

Soroka, at 20 the youngest pitcher in the majors, was 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in his first three MLB starts before going on the DL.

The native of Calgary was trying Dennis Rodman Womens Jersey to become only the third Canadian-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter and the second this season, joining the Mariners’ James Paxton, a Ladner, B.C., native who no-hit the Blue Jays on May 7, and Toronto native Dick Fowler, who tossed a 1-0 shutout for the Philadelphia Athletics against the St. Louis Browns in 1945.

The difference between those three players and Jones is the former three contracts were not in line with the market. Brown was being paid as a No. 2 receiver. Gronkowski had become a transcendent player. Harris had signed a terrible contract that Womens Myles Turner Jersey paid him like a middle-tier No. 2 corner, and a run at free agency would have seen him earn millions more per season. Those teams had more logical reasons to make moves with their players than the Falcons have with Jones.

Still, Atlanta should be willing to make a move. The team could do something like what Pittsburgh did with Brown and move $2 million in Jones’ salary from 2019 to 2018. Though the incentive route might be preferred, the Falcons are tight on salary cap space, and given Jones’ production, they would need to have the space this year for any incentives he could earn. They probably can throw in a partial guarantee for next year on his contract to make it look better.

If it turns out Jones is looking for significantly more money or an extension, then the Falcons should play hardball. Teams simply don’t renegotiate with players who have so many years remaining, and the Falcons have all the leverage — a season-long holdout would cost Jones $12.9 million.