Braves Pitcher Mike Soroka Eager to Return From Achilles Injury

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Mike Soroka threw off the mound as the Atlanta Braves opened spring training. It was his return to the team after tearing his right Achilles tendon in his third start last season. He is hoping to be ready for the start of this season. Soroka was the Braves’ 2020 opening day starter. Manager Brian Snitker says Soroka “looked really good” while throwing. Soroka says his arm feels as strong as normal for the start of spring. He says he still has to build up the strength in his calf, knee and hip. He says the Achilles tendon is strong.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.