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28 Joakim Soria RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | Birthdate: 5/18/1984 | Birthplace: Monclova, Mexico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Texas | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 80/62 | Average Draft Position: 174.39
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Joakim Soria takes loss in non-save situation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Rangers closer Joakim Soria's struggles continued Saturday, as he was charged with the loss in a 6-5, extra-innings loss to the Astros.

Soria pitched the 10th inning of the tied game and allowed the Astros to take the lead following a one-out triple and a sacrifice fly. He was charged with the one run in his one inning of work, with one hit and one walk to his line.

Soria has allowed runs in two of five appearances this season, and has a 7.20 ERA in five innings, with five hits and two walks allowed. 


Joakim Soria notches first save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Rangers closer Joakim Soria retired the side in the ninth inning Sunday against the Rays, earning his first save in a 3-0 win. 

Soria needed 14 pitches to finish off Ryan Hanigan, Yunel Escobar and David DeJesus. He had no strikeouts.

Soria, who won in his season debut Tuesday against the Phillies, hasn't allowed a run in two innings.


Joakim Soria secures win vs. Phillies Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Rangers closer Joakim Soria picked up a win in his first appearance of the season Tuesday, striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 3-2 win over the Phillies.

Soria won the closing role after giving up just one earned run in 9 2/3 innings this spring while Neftali Feliz struggled. The former Royals closer could be primed for a big season if he can remain healthy.


Rating Joakim Soria among closers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/27/2014) For most of spring training, we've assumed Neftali Feliz would win the closer role in Texas, so you're probably well versed in where he ranks in that now fictional scenario.

Joakim Soria is the guy. Feliz's struggle to regain his velocity after Tommy John surgery (or really, after winter ball since he was throwing hard then) has condemned him to the minors, where he won't be able to bail out Soria if things go south early.

Of course, I don't expect them to. He didn't get as much attention from the national media since the Royals weren't in contention at the time, but Soria was actually a more effective closer than Feliz prior to his own Tommy John surgery in 2012. In his first three years on the job, he compiled a 1.84 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings, averaging 38.3 saves per season. Those are Joe Nathan-type numbers.

Granted, Soria struggled in his fourth year, but as we know now, his elbow wasn't right. Still only 29 and coming off an impressive spring, I could see him performing like a top 10 reliever this year, especially pitching for the Rangers. It's not a slam dunk, of course, which is why I rank him 18th in Rotisserie leagues, but among late-round closers, he's the one to target.


Joakim Soria nails down closer spot for Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) The Rangers have named former Royals standout closer Joakim Soria as the winner of their battle for that role. He had been in competition with Neftali Feliz, who had struggled and is no guarantee for a roster spot.

Soria has not served as a closer since 2011. He peaked with Kansas City from 2008 to 2010 when he converted 115 of 124 save opportunities.

The Rangers are seeking to find the same effectiveness at that spot that Joe Nathan brought. He has since signed with Detroit.


Rangers still mulling options at closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington said he hasn't made a decision on who will fill the closer's role, and even suggested he could go with a committee approach, per MLB.com. Neftali Feliz, Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers are all competing for the job.

"We haven't made a decision," Washington said. "You'd always like one guy to do it but if I have to use all three to help shut down a game I'll do it."

Though, it could come down to a two-man race between Feliz and Soria as Scheppers continues to work as a starter.

"Scheppers is getting in shape to be a starter," Washington said. "That's all I've got on my mind with Scheppers. When we make our decisions on who will be starters, we'll make it so that those who are not going to be starters will have time to make adjustments."


Joakim Soria sharp in first MLB action since surgery


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria pitched three scoreless innings in the week leading up to the All-Star Game, his first action since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He allowed just one hit and struck out three batters without a walk.

When healthy, Soria was one of the best relievers in the league -- he posted a 2.40 ERA and 160 saves from 2007 through 2011. As such, his return will be one worth watching this year and heading into next season.


Joakim Soria activated by Rangers


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) The Rangers activated reliever Joakim Soria off the disabled list Sunday, FOX Sports reports. The Rangers also recalled Cory Burns and placed Nick Tepesch on the disabled list. 

Soria is returning from Tommy John surgery that cost him all of 2012. He last pitched in a game on Sept. 11, 2011. 


Joakim Soria won't be activated Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2013) The Rangers will not activate relief pitcher Joakim Soria from the disabled list Saturday, according to FOX Sports Southwest. The right-hander made back-to-back appearances  during his rehab assignment earlier this week and is expected to be activated as early as Sunday.

Joakim Soria pitches without issues in rehab


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2013) Rangers relief pitcher Joakim Soria had no issues after back-to-back appearances during his rehab assignment, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Soria will receive Friday off after pitching Wednesday and Thursday, and he could potentially be activated from the disabled list this weekend. Soria is returning from Tommy John surgery that cost him all of 2012.


Joakim Soria might be ready for weekend activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria (elbow) is expected to make back-to-back appearances for Double-A Frisco Wednesday and Thursday, according to The Dallas Morning News. If all goes well, he could be activated off the disabled list this weekend.

Joakim Soria appearing for Double-A Wednesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria had his rehab moved back to Double-A Frisco in order for him to make his next appearance close to Arlington on Wednesday, FOX Sports reports. Soria had been pitching with Triple-A Round Rock. 

Soria, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery that would have seen him back by now if not for a pectoral strain suffered in May, had allowed one hit over two scoreless appearances for Round Rock with three strikeouts. He could be ready to return to the Rangers bullpen at some point later this week. 


Joakim Soria could return next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock Friday.

Soria is expected to throw in back-to-back games, starting Sunday. The right-hander could be ready to return next week during the Rangers' road trip to Baltimore and Detroit, according to ESPN.

Joakim Soria ready for Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2013) Rangers pitcher Joakim Soria will be promoted to Triple-A Round Rock, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Soria will throw one inning Friday. His rehab has gone well with three perfect innings, including four strike outs. Soria could return to the majors next week but wouldn't be used in high-leverage situations immediately. 


Rangers to take it slow with Joakim Soria


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2013) The Rangers will take their time with reliever Joakim Soria when he returns, according to MLB.com.

Soria is expected to join the team before the All-Star game, but he'll be used carefully at first.

"We're not going to throw him into the fire. We're going to give him some innings that are not stressful and let him show us what he can do," manager Ron Washington said.

Soria hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011. He had a 4.03 ERA in 60 1/3 innings. 


Joakim Soria on the verge of returning


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2013) Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said during an interview with MLB Network Radio Wednesday the team expects reliever Joakim Soria (elbow) to come off the disabled list next week. He is currently on a rehab assignment, with his next stop pitching for the Arizona League (rookie) Rangers Wednesday.

Joakim Soria pitching next Wednesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria is expected to make his next rehab appearance Wednesday with the Arizona Rangers, MLB.com reports. He flew to Surprise Monday and will pitch an inning. 

The former Kansas City closer threw two hitless innings with three strikeouts over two appearances last week with Double-A Frisco. He should join Triple-A Round Rock by the end of the week. 

Recovering from Tommy John surgery in March 2012, Soria had a setback with a pectoral strain in May and moved to the 60-day DL. 


Joakim Soria progressing on rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria (elbow) will move his rehab assignment to the Arizona League (rookie) Wednesday before joining the roster at Triple-A Round Rock, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Soria began his rehab assignment by tossing two perfect innings for Double-A Frisco, striking out three.

Joakim Soria out until after All Star break


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria will not be back until after the All Star break, according to the Star Telegram

Soria will need time to rehab after his second Tommy John surgery. He will likely accumulate 10 innings in the minors and have to pitch consecutive days. He'll remain at Double-A before eventually moving up to Triple-A.

Soria threw a scoreless inning Thursday in his return to the mound. 


Joakim Soria makes long-awaited return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria appeared in his first game in more than a year-and-a-half Thursday with a rehab outing for Double-A Frisco.

Soria, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw a scoreless inning in relief. He struck out one and didn't allow a hit on 10 pitches.

Soria is expected to return in July. 


Joakim Soria headed on rehab assignment


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2013) As expected, Rangers reliever Joakim Soria will go on a rehab assignment Thursday.

Soria has been assigned to Double-A Frisco and will pitch an inning Thursday. Soria has thrown bullpen sessions and live batting practice so will finally get some game action. He's recovering from his second Tommy John surgery.


Joakim Soria ready for rehab


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria will begin his minor-league rehab assignment Thursday for Double-A Frisco, according to Fox Sports Southwest.

Soria, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has not appeared in the majors since September 2011. He is on track to return in July.

Joakim Soria throws live batting practice


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria took the mound to throw live batting practice Monday, MLB.com reports. Soria said he felt good during the session and hopes to begin a rehab assignment as early as Thursday. 

Soria threw a bullpen session Friday. Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Soria has not pitched in the majors since Sept. 11, 2001 but is nearing a return. 


Joakim Soria throws bullpen session, scheduled for another Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2013) Rangers pitcher Joakim Soria felt fine after his bullpen session Friday, and he's scheduled for another one Monday, Fox Sports Southwest reports. The team will re-evaluate his situation after Monday's session.

Soria, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, hasn't pitched in the majors since Sept. 11, 2011.


Joakim Soria will throw Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2013) Rangers reliever Joakim Soria, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to throw live batting practice Friday, according to The Dallas Morning News. Soria, who has not pitched since 2011, is still several weeks away from making his debut with the Rangers.