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Joakim Soria | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 199
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joakim Soria tossed a perfect frame to convert his second save of the season in Thursday's win over the Mariners.
Soria got a pair of groundouts and a strikeout in a painless ninth inning. The veteran reliever took a loss in his last appearance but had a nice bounce-back showing in this one. He has a 6.00 ERA so far but has nailed down both save chances. Apr 17 - 7:16 PM

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Joakim Soria was staked to a six-run lead in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Red Sox, but allowed three runs.

Soria pitched once since Wednesday, so manager Ron Washington was just keeping him sharp. Soria did strike out the side, but allowed three singles and a double as the Red Sox tried to put together a late rally. Hardship in low-leverage situations isn't uncommon for closers, so this shouldn't be a common theme for the right-hander.
Apr 8 - 9:30 PM

Joakim Soria pitched a clean ninth inning against the Rays to pick up his first save of the season Sunday.

Soria was actually the winner in Tuesday's game, but he hadn't had a chance to close a game until Sunday. He answered the bell, cutting through Ryan Hanigan, Yunel Escobar and David DeJesus to get the save. It's the first of what could be many behind a strong Rangers team.
Apr 6 - 5:41 PM

Joakim Soria got the win as the Rangers walked off with a 3-2 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday.

Soria pitched a perfect ninth inning, inducing weak contact and recording a strikeout. He was the pitcher of record when Adrian Beltre laced a walk-off RBI single in the bottom half of the ninth, earning his first win of the season. Soria earned the closer's role over Neftali Feliz with a solid spring and should see plenty of save opportunities throughout the season.
Apr 1 - 11:38 PM

Rangers manager Ron Washington announced Saturday that Joakim Soria would begin the season as the team's closer.

The 29-year-old thoroughly out-pitched Neftali Feliz in Cactus League play to earn the nod, firing seven scoreless innings while posting a 0.43 WHIP and 5/0 K/BB ratio. He was one of the game's elite closers before undergoing Tommy John surgery, and immediately becomes a very nice middle round option in all fantasy formats.
Mar 22 - 1:31 PM

Joakim Soria tossed a scoreless seventh inning against the Reds on Monday.

Soria, battling Neftali Feliz for the closer's role, allowed two hits and struck out one. The right-hander hasn't allowed a run in three innings thus far.
Mar 10 - 6:55 PM

Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas believes that the Rangers will strongly look at their internal options at closer after the departure of Joe Nathan.

With Joakim Soria, Neftali Felix and Tanner Scheppers already in house, it seems like the most likely scenario would be for one of them to assume the ninth inning role, as opposed to spending lavish money on the free agent market. Soria and Feliz, though both still recovering from Tommy John surgeries, have shown the ability to be elite closers in the past. Fantasy owners should monitor this situation closely over the offseason, as whoever does assume the job will instantly have significant value.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 06:56:00 PM

Rangers activated RHP Joakim Soria from the 60-day disabled list.

Soria hasn't appeared in a major league game since September of 2011 but is ready to go after allowing just one hit during seven scoreless rehab innings. He'll likely be eased into high-leverage situations, especially with Tanner Scheppers pitching so well in a setup role, but he could assume the eighth inning before long.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Joakim Soria (elbow) will not be activated on Saturday.

It should happen Sunday. Soria has looked sharp on his minor league rehab assignment and can quickly settle into a setup role behind Rangers closer Joe Nathan.
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 04:29:00 PM

Joakim Soria (elbow) made it through back-to-back appearances with Double-A Frisco without any issues, and could be activated by the Rangers as early as Saturday.

Soria, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, hasn't appeared in a major league game since September of 2011. Once one of the premiere closers in the game, he could soon work his way into a primary setup role behind Joe Nathan in the Rangers bullpen.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 07:09:00 PM

Joakim Soria (elbow) could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

Soria will pitch on Wednesday and Thursday for Double-A Frisco during his rehab assignment, which is the first time he'll throw in back-to-back games. If he clears that final hurdle, he should be activated for this weekend's series against the Astros. Soria hasn't appeared in a major league game since September of 2011.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 07:15:00 PM

Joakim Soria (elbow) could join the Rangers by their next road trip, which begins on July 8.

Soria has struck out six over four scoreless innings so far during a rehab assignment and will make his fifth appearance on Sunday. He will appear in back-to-back games this week, which will be his final test before activation.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 10:49:00 AM

Joakim Soria (elbow) will move his rehab assignment up to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

Soria has struck out four over three perfect innings during his rehab so far. He'll be eased into high-leverage situations for Round Rock, but the reliever isn't far off from joining the Rangers' bullpen. Pitching coach Mike Maddux said on Wednesday that Soria could be about a week away.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 10:57:00 AM

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said Wednesday during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Joakim Soria (elbow, pectoral) could be activated from the disabled list in about a week or so.

Soria struck out three over two scoreless innings in his first two appearances with Double-A Frisco and is scheduled to pitch with the Rangers' Arizona League affiliate on Wednesday. He's expected to move on to Triple-A Round Rock from there, which should be his final hurdle before returning to the majors.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 09:24:00 AM

Joakim Soria (elbow, pectoral) will continue his minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with the Rangers' Arizona League affiliate.

Soria struck out three over two scoreless innings in his first two appearances with Double-A Frisco. He'll move on to Triple-A Round Rock once he's done in the AZL, though he'll need to make back-to-back appearances before being cleared to join the big club. Look for him to join the Rangers' bullpen around the All-Star break.
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 04:09:00 PM

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2J.P. Arencibia
3Robinson Chirinos
1B1Prince Fielder
2B1Jurickson Profar
2Donnie Murphy
3Josh Wilson
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Jim Adduci
CF1Leonys Martin
2Michael Choice
RF1Alex Rios
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Tanner Scheppers
5Martin Perez
6Colby Lewis
7Robbie Ross
8Joe Saunders
Relief Pitcher
R1Joakim Soria
2Alexi Ogando
3Neal Cotts
4Jason Frasor
5Shawn Tolleson
6Joseph Ortiz
7Pedro Figueroa