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Joakim Soria aiming to join Rangers’ bullpen in May

Feb 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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Via Richard Durrett of

Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria was smiling on Sunday, pleased that after throwing three bullpen sessions his arm has felt good. He still feels that some time in May is a realistic target for his return.

“I won’t know for sure until I face hitters,” Soria said. “Threw the first few bullpens, everything has gone smooth. That is nice.”

Soria had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery a little more than 10 months ago. He signed a two-year, $8 million free agent contract with the Rangers this winter and will operate as a setup man in front of closer Joe Nathan once he’s back to full strength.

Soria, 28, owns a 2.40 career ERA, a 1.04 career WHIP and a 9.7 career K/9 through five MLB seasons.

  1. thepoolshark - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Soria may hold the key to the Rangers bullpen since Ogando is moving to the rotation. If he and Nathan have solid years, the pen will be in good shape. If Soria falters, Rangers may finish 3rd in the West.

    • sprest83 - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      You are correct, Soria is the backbone for Rangers success. Are you kidding me?

  2. powerandair - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM


  3. cowboysoldiertx - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    I wouldnt expect much. Next year he will be closer to true form.

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