Injuries: Joakim Soria throws off mound

February, 11, 2013
2/11/13
3:55
PM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria, a two-time All-Star closer with the Kansas City Royals, threw off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April.

Soria, 28, made 15 pitches on Monday off a mound in Surprise and felt fine. Assuming he arrives at the park on Tuesday feeling fine, he’ll throw every other day for the next 15 days.

Soria signed a two-year, $8 million contract in December with a club option for a third year. There is no set timetable for Soria’s return, but he and the club have targeted late May or early June. If Soria can return healthy, he’s a logical choice to set up closer Joe Nathan.

Soria gives the Rangers bullpen a veteran with closing experience. Soria has 160 career saves.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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