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38 Joakim Soria RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | Birthdate: 5/18/1984 | Birthplace: Monclova, Mexico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 85/79 | Average Draft Position: 242.91
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Joakim Soria earns sixth save for Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Joakim Soria earned his sixth save of the season for the Tigers by pitching a perfect ninth inning in Saturday's 4-1 win over Cleveland. 

Soria struck out one and threw 12 strikes in 17 pitches. He reduced his ERA to 1.17.


Tigers closer Joakim Soria sets down Yankees in order for fifth save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) Tigers closer Joakim Soria picked up his fifth save in as many attempts on Monday, setting down the Yankees in order in the ninth inning.

He has not allowed a hit or a walk in his past five appearances.


Tigers reliever Joakim Soria hurls another shut-down inning


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) For a guy supposedly holding down the fort for an injured closer, Tigers right-hander Joakim Soria is doing one heck of an impression of a lights-out closer and making one heck of an impression in the process.

His fine work continued Friday afternoon with a scoreless inning against the White Sox in which he retired the side in order on 10 pitches. He was rewarded when his teammates scored in the bottom of the frame to provide him the victory.

Soria has made four consecutive hitless appearances and four saves and a win in the last six.


Tigers' Joakim Soria delivers fourth save Wednesday vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Tigers closer Joakim Soria pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out his team's 1-0 win over the Pirates Wednesday and earn his fourth save.

The Tigers faced just two batters over the minimum as the Pirates were only able to scratch out two hits while also getting struck once by a pitch (with the hit batsman being retired on a steal attempt). Soria, who gave up his only run of the season in a nonsave situation, has posted a 1.93 ERA and 4:0 K:BB ratio in 4 2/3 innings.


Joe Nathan to return to role as Tigers closer upon activation?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is still planning for veteran Joe Nathan to return to the closer's role when healthy, per MLB.com. However, he left the door slightly open Wednesday to Joakim Soria keeping the job once Nathan returns.

"We'll see what happens, but that's the plan," Ausmus said. "The most important thing, obviously, is to get him back."

Soria has been a perfect 3 for 3 in save opportunities since replacing Nathan, who is on the 15-day disabled list with flexor strain in his right elbow.


Joakim Soria saves third game of season for Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Tigers closer Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth inning for his third save of the season. 

Soria retired Pittsburgh in order, on 10 pitches, seven strikes. He has a 2.45 ERA on the season. 


Chamberlain to close Monday for Tigers, if Soria needs a day off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Tigers closer Joakim Soria, who is filling in for injured closer Joe Nathan, might get the day off Monday against the Pirates after throwing three straight days. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated Joba Chamberlain would be the top option for a save opportunity Monday, if Soria is unavailable.

Soria is 2 for 2 in save chances since replacing the injury Nathan (elbow). Chamberlain has seven career saves, including two last season for Detroit.


Tigers' Joakim Soria picks up second save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Tigers closer Joakim Soria struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to pick up his second save in his team's 8-5 win over the Indians.

Soria didn't allow any hits or walks in the inning, but a throwing error prevented him from having a perfect inning. He owns a 3.38 ERA and 3:0 K:BB ratio in 3 2/3 innings and should continue to serve as the team's closer for the immediate future.


TIgers' Joakim Soria picks up first save of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Tigers reliever Joakim Soria needed five pitches to retire Michael Bourn on a strikeout for a one-out save, securing an 8-4 win Friday over Cleveland. Soria converted his first save of the season, and the first since closer Joe Nathan landed on the disabled list with a right flexor strain. Soria has not allowed a run through his first two outings (two-thirds of an inning).

Joe Nathan lands on DL with flexor strain, Joakim Soria to close


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Tigers closer Joe Nathan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor strain on Wednesday, general manager Dave Dombrowski announced. Joakim Soria will serve as the closer while Nathan remains sidelined, manager Brad Ausmus confirmed, per MLB.com.

"Hopefully, we'll have Joe back in a few weeks," Ausmus said, per the Oakland Press.

The team did not reveal when Nathan sustained the injury, but Ausmus insisted that it was not related to his ulnar collateral ligament. His only appearance of the season was a one-out save on four pitches on Opening Day.


Tigers' Soria (thumb) makes return one day earlier than expected


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Tigers reliever Joakim Soria made his return from injury sooner than expected. Soria, who has a blister on his right thumb, was scheduled to pitch Friday against the Braves, but he pitched Thursday against the Phillies.

Soria threw a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one walk and no hits. He also had one strikeout.


Tigers' Soria to throw Thursday, could pitch in game Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Tigers reliever Joakim Soria, who has a blister on his right thumb, is scheduled to throw a side session Thursday, per MLive.com. He is scheduled to travel with the team for Friday's spring game against the Braves.

Tigers' Joakim Soria dealing with blister on thumb


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria has a blister on the inside of his right thumb, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Soria said that the issue affected his grip on his pitches Sunday. The team's head trainer came out to look at the pitcher at one point during Sunday's game but Soria remained in and continued pitching. He went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 48:6 K:BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings last season.

"My arm feels good, everything feels in place," Soria said, per MLive.com. "I just didn't have my grip, and if you don't have the grip, it's tough to command the ball and get it down. Everything was up, and that's because I couldn't grip the ball."


Tigers' Joakim Soria throws live batting practice on Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Tigers reliever Joakim Soria was able to throw live batting practice on Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press

Soria wasn't listed on the team's pitching schedule for the first five spring games, which caused some confusion. While Soria said he's fine, manager Brad Ausmus said Soria is slightly behind the other pitchers in camp by his own choice. Soria did receive positive reviews during his session. "By all accounts, Soria threw very well," Ausmus said.

The 30-year-old Soria posted a 3.25 ERA over 44 1/3 innings last year.


Tigers bullpen all but set for opening day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is feeling confident about his pitching staff headed into the start of the season. So much so, that he's expecting six of the seven spots to already be taken by Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Bruce Rondon, Al Alburquerque and Joba Chamberlain, reports MLive.com.

"Those six, it'd be surprising if they weren't on the team," Ausmus said Friday morning. "Something strange would have to happen just based on their performances from the past."

This leaves Alex Wilson, Josh Zeid and Buck Farmer all battling for the final slot in the bullpen.

"You're always concerned about injuries," Ausmus said. "I think that's where the depth comes into play, where, if something unexpected comes up, we have a lot of arms we feel like can produce at the major league level. ... If something happens at any time, we feel that we have a quality arm that we can slide right in."


Brad Ausmus sets Tigers bullpen roles for 2015, Nathan to close


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his tentative plans for his bullpen this season, according to mlive.com.

Ausmus said that, in an ideal world, Bruce Rondon would be used in the seventh inning, Joakim Soria would pitch in the eighth and Joe Nathan would close games out. Rondon is a bit of a question mark, as he's coming off March Tommy John Surgery. He's expected to be fully healthy by spring training, but the team will move him along slowly at first.

After a midseason trade brought him to Detroit, Soria was actually a better pitcher than Nathan. Despite that, Nathan managed to hold onto the closer role.

That appears to be the case again heading into 2015. Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last season. It was his highest ERA since 2011. Nathan still managed to save 35 games with the club. 


Tigers bring back righty reliever Joakim Soria


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) What was expected is now reality - the Tigers have picked up their option on right-handed reliever Joakim Soria. The team is starved for bullpen help.

Soria could not wrest the closer job away from struggling Joe Nathan, but he did walk just six in 44 1/3 innings in splitting time between Texas and Detroit. His ERA rose from 2.70 to 3.25 after the trade, however, and he gave up five earned runs in just one inning pitched during the playoff sweep defeat to Baltimore.


Tigers expected to keep Soria


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Tigers are expected to exercise their option on pitcher Joakim Soria, according to MLB.com.

Soria has a $7 million club option for next season. The team will need to make a decision on the option shortly after the end of the World Series. While general manager Dave Dombrowski said the final decision hasn't been made yet, he hinted at the club picking up Soria's contract. "It's a situation where we look at him as being an important acquisition toward this [coming] year also," Dombrowski said. 

Soria posted a 3.25 ERA over 44 1/3 innings split between Texas and Detroit. 


Joakim Soria takes loss in Game 2 of ALDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria was charged with a loss Friday, allowing one earned run on one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 7-6 defeat against the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Soria (0-1) came into the game up two runs in the bottom of eighth inning with runners on first and second and just one out. After walking the first batter he faced to load the bases, he surrenderd a bases-clearing double to put his team down one run with just one chance to even things back up in the ninth. The Tigers couldn't scrape together a run, leaving the team down 2-0 heading into Sunday's must-win game in Detroit.


Joakim Soria closes out Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria struck out one and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out an 8-6 victory over the Twins. Soria has converted 18 of 20 save chances, with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 40 2/3 innings of work. 

Tigers activate Joakim Soria from disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) The Tigers activated pitcher Joakim Soria from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.

Soria ended up missing a month with his oblique injury. He returns to a 3.58 ERA and 45:6 K:BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.


Joakim Soria feels fine after simulated game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Tigers reliever Joakim Soria told MLB.com he felt fine following a simulated game Monday, and could be cleared to return to action Wednesday. He has been out since Aug. 9 with an oblique injury, but could be brought off the disabled list if he is able to play catch without issue Tuesday. 

Joakim Soria's sim game goes well


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Tigers reliever Joakim Soria threw 25 pitches in a simulated appearance Monday and felt good about it, according to MLB.com. He'll take Tuesday off before potentially coming off the DL Wednesday.

Soria has been sidelined since Aug. 9 with a strained oblique.


Joakim Soria able to throw off mound Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria was able to throw off a mound Wednesday, according to mlive.com.

He threw 25 pitches during the session. Soria plans to do the same thing Friday. If Soria can get through that without any issues, he could move closer to a simulated game. 


Joakim Soria throws off flat ground Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria threw off flat ground from 140 feet before Tuesday's game, MLB.com reports.

"Soria felt absolutely nothing for the first time, which was a great sign," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Because the Minor League seasons are over, though, I honestly don't know what the next step will be."

Soria is likely to throw batting practice at the major-league level rather than go on a rehab assignment. He has been sidelined since Aug. 10 with a strained oblique.