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Joakim Soria targeting June return from elbow surgery

Jan 10, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Joakim Soria Reuters

Texas signed Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million deal to serve as Joe Nathan‘s setup man, but it won’t be for a while.

Soria told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he’s targeting late May or early June for his return from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Soria underwent the surgery last April and many pitchers have returned with 12 months, but the former Royals closer called that timetable “not realistic” and noted that he’s yet to begin throwing off a mound.

Without Soria in the mix for the first 2-3 months the Rangers will lean on newly signed Jason Frasor along with guys like Josh Lindblom, Tanner Scheppers, and Robert Ross.

  1. markofapro - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    How’s that Koji to Boston signing looking now?

    • gt929 - Jan 10, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      I heard a very odd thing on a DFW sports radio show last month. I can’t remember who said it or which of the 3 stations I heard it on, but they said that Koji did not want to return to the Rangers because he didn’t want to play with Darvish. He didn’t feel Darvish showed proper respect for his heritage, or so they said. I’m quite sure the Rangers wanted him back, and probably offered him as much or more than Boston. He was their most reliable arm out of the pen down the stretch in 2012.

  2. thereisaparty - Jan 10, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Not sure I’ve ever seen Robbie Ross called “Robert”. And the Rangers might give him an audition for the starting rotation this spring.

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