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RHP Michael Soroka looks at new opportunity


GLENDALE, Ariz. – Michael Soroka threw nearly 40 pitches during a bullpen session Friday at Camelback Ranch.

“Soroka was excellent,” Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said afterward.

Last season, Soroka returned after an extended stint in the big leagues with the Atlanta Braves. The right-hander is looking forward to success after this comeback Traded to Sox.

“Obviously it’s been hard to get back to that the last couple of years,” Soroka said Thursday morning. “When you have success this early, you want to do it every year. What happened took three years of my career, but now I’m trying to put it on the back burner.

“I’m just trying to stay the course I’m on. It basically got to the point last season where I felt like things were really starting to work out. “Keep that momentum going this year and score a lot of zeros.”

Soroka went 17-8 with a 3.32 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 44 games (43 starts) over parts of four seasons with the Braves. He earned All-Star honors, finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting and finished sixth in the NL Cy Young Award in 2019.

Soroka made three starts in 2020 before suffering a torn right Achilles tendon on August 3, 2020. He repaired the tendon in June 2021.

“This definitely shows that this won’t last forever,” Soroka said of the injuries. “When you get drafted at 17 and your first few years in the minor leagues roll by, you feel like you’re going to be in the game forever, but that’s not the case at all.

“It definitely puts it into perspective a little bit. And you start talking to some of the cases around the league that are dealing with some pretty big issues, and you see that it’s actually a lot more common than you thought. It’s just that the guys handled this issue without being the center of attention. Frankly, mine was good too. And one of the things I’m grateful for is youth. I’m still only 26 years old. “I hope I have many more years ahead of me and I will try to deserve it.”

Braves pitcher Mike Soroka pitches against the Marlins on August 10, 2019 in Miami.

Soroka returned to the major league mound last season on May 29 in Oakland. He finished 2-2 with a 6.40 ERA and 29 strikeouts in seven games (six starts) with the Braves and went 4-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 17 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Sox general manager Chris Getz said Soroka is an important part of the project. Six-player deal that sent Aaron Bummer to the Braves In November.

“Obviously you’re always looking for starting pitchers,” Getz said Thursday. “And to have someone who’s had a lot of success at the major league level; obviously he’s had some injuries recently and came back to the big leagues last year with a very competitive team and was on the outside looking in at times because of how deep they were and the potential to be a productive major leaguer.” It seemed like the right move to make him a part of this agreement, as he was on the rise as a player.

“Feel lucky to have him.”

Soroka is very excited to have this opportunity.

“When (the trade) first happened, obviously there were a lot of emotions leaving the team that drafted you,” he said. “I was with them for eight or nine seasons. But it was really important for me to move to an organization that actually wanted me there. I immediately talked to the coaches and (learned) what they had for me and that they were excited to get me out there. And I’m even more excited to be there.

“There are a lot of players (in camp) who feel they have more to give. I think there are some guys, myself included, who have had some bad years and know they have more. It’s always fun competing with these guys; That’s what brings out the best in you.”

Reliever Bryan Shaw returns to minor league deal

White Sox reliever Bryan Shaw pitches against the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 7, 2023.
White Sox reliever Bryan Shaw pitches against the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 7, 2023.

Shaw was Reliable for Sox in 2023He played in 38 matches, 18 of which were in the last month of the season. The Sox signed the veteran reliever to a minor league deal on Saturday. He is in the camp as a non-squad guest.

Shaw, 36, had a 4.14 ERA last season and struck out 40 batters in 45 2/3 innings. He has made 791 career appearances (two starts) in his 13 seasons in the Majors.

“It’s great to bring in a guy who wants to go out every day, really performs, is a really good clubhouse guy and understands what it takes to win,” Grifol said Saturday. said.

The Sox have 70 players in camp, 30 of whom are non-roster invitees.


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