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Joakim Soria | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth inning on Saturday, preserving a one-run advantage to earn his sixth save of the season.
Soria struck out one in his inning of work. He has been mighty impressive thus far for the Tigers, posting a 1.17 ERA, 0.26 WHIP and 5/0 K/BB mark through his first 7 2/3 innings of work. Locked into his role for the remainder of the season, Soria should remain among the elite ranks at closer so long as he remains healthy. Apr 25 - 4:17 PM

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Monday's game that he would worry about the closer situation when Joe Nathan (elbow) returns from the disabled list.

He has previously stated that Nathan would get his job back when he returned, but the skipper appears to be backpedaling a bit here. Perhaps he might finally be willing to face reality and admit that Joakim Soria, who is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA, is a better choice for the ninth inning. As for Nathan, he could throw a simulated game soon, which might be the last step before he's activated.
Apr 20 - 10:15 PM

Joakim Soria retired the Yankees in order in the ninth inning, recording his fifth save on Monday.

Soria got Brett Gardner to ground out, followed by fly outs from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. The right-hander, filling in for Joe Nathan in the closer's role, is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA and a 4/0 K/BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.
Apr 20 - 9:33 PM

Joakim Soria had a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his fourth save as the Tigers won against the Pirates 1-0 on Wednesday.

Soria got Corey Hart to ground out, Josh Harrison to fly out, and Gregory Polanco to strike out to end the ballgame. The Tigers haven't missed Joe Nathan much, as Soria is now 4-for-4 in save chances. If Soria continues to pitch well, he could make a case for continuing to close even after Nathan is healthy enough to return.
Apr 15 - 10:19 PM

Joakim Soria recorded his third save of the season after setting the Pirates down in order in the ninth inning on Tuesday.

Soria induced two ground outs from Andrew Lambo and Josh Harrison, then got Gregory Polanco to fly out to end the contest. Filling in for the injured Joe Nathan, Soria is 3-for-3 so far in save situations and is likely the better candidate for the role anyway. The Tigers should be just fine with Soria in the ninth inning.
Apr 14 - 10:18 PM

Joakim Soria earned his second save of the season Sunday in the Tigers' win over the Indians.

Soria pitched a perfect ninth inning, fanning one of the three batters he faced with nine of his 12 pitches going for strikes. The right-hander is technically being considered the Tigers' fill-in closer, but he's good enough to run away with the job while Joe Nathan is sidelined. Nathan is suffering from a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow and will probably be out for at least another month.
Apr 12 - 4:39 PM

Joakim Soria locked down his first save of the season on Friday, cleaning up a jam that he inherited from Joba Chamberlain.

The Tigers entered the ninth inning with a four-run advantage, but Chamberlain allowed a pair of runs putting the tying run on-deck with manager Brad Ausmus opted to go to Soria to clean things up. It sounds as though Joe Nathan will require an extended absence, so this job should belong to Soria for as long as he continues to pitch well.
Apr 10 - 8:14 PM

Joakim Soria will serve as the Tigers' closer while Joe Nathan (elbow) is sidelined.

Nathan was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a flexor strain in his right elbow. Soria seemed like a better fantasy option than Nathan in drafts this spring, and owners who used that strategy are now getting an early payday. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Nathan will get the ninth-inning job back when he is healthy, but Soria could be good enough to make Ausmus reconsider.
Apr 8 - 4:52 PM

After Joe Nathan gave up a homer, Joakim Soria pitched a perfect inning for a save against the Orioles on Thursday.

Soria has been Detroit's best reliever this month, allowing just one hit over seven scoreless innings. The Tigers certainly have to be giving some consideration to using him in the closer's role, though that would probably mean writing off Nathan entirely. Nathan in the ninth and Soria in the eighth is a legitimate option, but if Soria works the ninth, Nathan might not even be on the team. For that reason, it still seems likely Tigers will give Nathan the first few weeks of the season to see what happens.
Mar 26 - 3:54 PM

Joakim Soria (hand) tossed a scoreless inning in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.

Soria was only expected to throw a side session on Thursday, but he felt good about the protective wrapping around his blister and looked sharp in the outing. Joe Nathan pitched right after him and was charged with six runs on five hits and a walk. Soria looks like the more attractive fantasy option this season even if the 40-year-old Nathan opens at closer.
Mar 12 - 2:51 PM

Joakim Soria (hand) will throw a side session Thursday.

Soria came down with a blister during a Grapefruit League appearance last Sunday. He'll throw with a bandage on Thursday and then try to return to exhibition action early next week. The right-hander should be 100 percent for the start of the regular season and is worth a late-round grab in mixed league drafts this spring as the next-man-up for saves in Detroit behind 40-year-old closer Joe Nathan.
Mar 12 - 9:17 AM

Joakim Soria is dealing with a blister on his pitching hand.

Soria was examined by the Tigers' trainer during Sunday's appearance due to the blister but wound up finishing his inning. The club might delay his next Grapefruit League game, but he should be fine.
Mar 8 - 2:39 PM

Joakim Soria threw a successful round of live batting practice Tuesday in Tigers camp.

"By all accounts, he threw very well," manager Brad Ausmus told reporters after the workout. Soria did not exactly shine down the stretch last season for the Tigers, but he'll probably be the next man up for saves this year in Detroit if veteran closer Joe Nathan has more problems.
Mar 3 - 4:57 PM

Tigers exercised RHP Joakim Soria's $7 million option for 2015.

Soria didn't pitch very well after being acquired by the Tigers at the trade deadline, but he had a terrific year overall and the club needs all the bullpen arms it can get. As of now, Joe Nathan is expected to remain the team's closer heading into next season, though it's possible the Tigers will try to upgrade over the winter.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 11:40:00 AM

The Tigers are expected to exercise their $7 million option on Joakim Soria for 2015.

"We still have to make the final decision," team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said last week. "But it's a situation where we look at him as being an important acquisition toward this [coming] year also." Soria didn't live up to expectations in his short stint with the Tigers after a midseason trade, posting a 4.91 ERA over 11 innings of work and getting lit up in the postseason, but the Tigers could use the protection for shaky closer Joe Nathan. They have until five days after the end of the World Series to make an official decision.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Angel Nesbitt
8Blaine Hardy
9Alex Wilson