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Joakim Soria | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 199
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw off flat ground once again on Saturday.
Soria has begun to progress in his recovery from a strained oblique, but still isn't close to returning to the Tigers bullpen. His chances of usurping the closer's role from Joe Nathan are dwindling with each passing day. Aug 30 - 11:33 AM

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Joakim Soria (oblique) will stretch out his flat-ground throwing program on Friday.

And if that goes well, he should soon be cleared for mound work. Soria had been aiming to return from the 15-day disabled list when first eligible on August 25, but it's going to be more like early-to-mid September.
Aug 28 - 3:19 PM

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in an interview on SiriusXM Friday that Joakim Soria (oblique) is "very close" to returning.

Soria has apparently made rapid progress in his recovery from a left oblique strain, as it's normally an injury that takes much longer than a minimum stay on the disabled list. "He can be activated on Monday," Dombrowski said. "I'm not sure he'll be activated right then, but he's very close."
Aug 22 - 3:40 PM

Tigers placed RHP Joakim Soria on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Soria suffered the injury during Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays. Oblique strains typically keep players out longer than the minimum 15 day, so don't expect to see Soria before September.
Aug 10 - 11:16 AM

Joakim Soria left Saturday's game against the Blue Jays with a left side strain.

Soria retired both batters he faced before exiting. He will be reevaluated Sunday. Soria has allowed six runs -- five earned -- in 4 1/3 innings since joining Detroit.
Aug 9 - 4:45 PM

Joakim Soria continued to struggle as a Tiger on Thursday, taking a loss after giving up a run in an inning against the White Sox.

Soria has made three appearances for his new team, allowing runs in all of them, and his ERA has jumped from 2.70 to 3.86. Mixed leaguers might as well go ahead and drop him, as it certainly doesn't look like he'll be taking over for Joe Nathan in the ninth.
Jul 31 - 6:42 PM

Joakim Soria, making only his second relief appearance since joining the Tigers on July 23, allowed four runs while recording only one out against the White Sox on Tuesday.

Soria allowed an unearned run while facing four batters and recording one out on Saturday, and things got much worse on Tuesday. The veteran reliever faced seven batters, and it went as such: single, bases-clearing double, two-run home run, solo home run, ground out, single, single. Obviously, it's hardly how the Tigers have expected things to go thus far, but it's been par for their bullpen this season. Soria has a 3.71 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 43/5 K/BB ratio in 34 innings.
Jul 29 - 10:48 PM

Tigers acquired RHP Joakim Soria from the Rangers for RHPs Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.

In Soria, the Tigers are acquiring one of the best and most experienced closers on the trade market. Soria has a 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 42/4 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 innings this season, saving 17 games for the beleaguered Rangers. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has a decision to make as to how he wants to handle the closing duties between Soria and current closer Joe Nathan, so fantasy owners should pay attention to Ausmus' words and actions over the next few days. Neither closer should be dropped in fantasy leagues until one or the other is anointed as the clear-cut stopper.
Jul 23 - 11:25 PM

A source tells's Kyle Bogenschutz that the Rangers have agreed to trade Joakim Soria to the Tigers.

Bogenschutz hears Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson, two right-handers in the Tigers' system, will go the other way in the deal. In Soria, the Tigers are acquiring a pitcher with a 2.70 ERA and 0.87 WHIP who has saved 17 games for the Rangers this season. Given Joe Nathan's struggles in Detroit, Soria could immediately take over as the ninth-inning reliever for the Tigers.
Jul 23 - 10:24 PM

Joakim Soria blew his second save of the season, forking over a run in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Rangers went on to lose in 14.

The Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead on J.P. Arencibia's 13th-inning solo home run, but Soria immediately got into trouble, allowing a lead-off double to Brett Gardner in the bottom half. Jacoby Ellsbury later knocked Gardner in with a single. Soria is now 17-for-19 in save chances with a 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 42/4 K/BB ratio.
Jul 23 - 12:10 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are having "ongoing discussions" with the Rangers regarding Joakim Soria.

The Angels and Blue Jays have also been connected to Soria. The Tigers are committed to keeping Joe Nathan in the closer role, so Soria would be used as a setup man if acquired. They're also looking at former Tiger and current Padre Joaquin Benoit. The veteran reliever boasts a 2.67 ERA and 40/4 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings this season for the Rangers.
Jul 18 - 10:22 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Angels, Blue Jays and Tigers have been in contact with Rangers regarding Joakim Soria.

The Angels would be the best landing spot for Soria from a fantasy perspective, as he would figure to have the best chance to remain a closer. Soria is making a reasonable $5.5 million this season with a $7 million club option for 2015, so it's no surprise that he's drawing interest. He's put up a 2.76 ERA and ridiculous 40/4 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 11 - 1:55 PM

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Tigers continue to explore the trade market for bullpen help and have shown interest in Joakim Soria, Jason Frasor and Chad Qualls.

With Joe Nathan looking every bit of 39-years-old in the ninth inning, the Tigers have been desperately searching for help in the late innings. Soria has been outstanding in the ninth inning for the Rangers, and could supplant Nathan in the closer's role, though his acquisition cost is likely to be high. The team has also shown interest in a reunion with former closer Joaquin Benoit.
Jul 5 - 10:32 AM

Joakim Soria shut down the Indians in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a two-run advantage and earning his 13th save of the season.

He did allow a two-out single to Michael Brantley, but no damage was done. Soria has done an incredible job in the ninth inning for the Rangers, posting a 2.05 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 30/3 K/BB ratio over his first 22 innings. As long as he remains healthy, he should be able to finish the season as an upper-echelon closer.
Jun 6 - 11:53 PM

Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 12th save in Thursday's win over the Orioles.

More weak contact for Soria, who induced a ground out and a pop out to left field along with a strikeout in a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The right-hander has allowed runs in only three of his 22 appearances. Soria has a 2.14 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and a 28/3 K/BB ratio in 21 innings on the season.
Jun 5 - 11:27 PM

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