ATLANTA – When Mike Soroka's teammates heard him scream, they feared the worst.
When they saw him being helped off the field, unable to put any weight on his right leg, they knew it was bad.
“If Mike Soroka can't walk off the field, you know it's pretty serious,” said Freddie Freeman, the Atlanta Braves' slugging first baseman.
One of baseball's brightest young pitching stars, Soroka is done for the year after tearing his right Achilles tendon during a seemingly routine play Monday night against the New York Mets.
On a grounder to Freeman's right, Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag.
He made it only one step.
Soroka tumbled to the ground in serious pain, got up for a few tentative steps, then dropped to his knees on the infield grass.
"I heard him yell,” Freeman said. “It’s just a terrible injury for somebody so young, so bright, so determined to be great at this game.”