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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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With Joe Nathan needing the day off, Joakim Soria got the ninth for the Twins on Monday and pitched a scoreless inning for his 18th save.
The Tigers blew Max Scherzer's lead while holding Soria back for the ninth, but the offense responded, putting the Tigers back on top in the top of the inning. Soria's save was his first in nine appearances since he was acquired from the Rangers. Nathan, who had thrown 45 pitches in two days, should be back in the closer's role on Tuesday. Sep 15 - 11:48 PM

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Joakim Soria (oblique) allowed a run Wednesday in his return to the Tigers' bullpen.

Soria had been out for a full month with an oblique strain. He gave up a triple to the first batter he faced in the ninth inning Wednesday -- speedster Lorenzo Cain -- and then Alcides Escobar drove Cain in with a sacrifice fly to put a cap on the Royals' 3-0 win. Soria was able to retire the next two batters. He will be eased back into high-leverage situations.
Sep 11 - 4:31 AM

Joakim Soria (oblique) will be activated Wednesday.

Soria made a successful 25-pitch simulated appearance on Monday and then followed it up with a pain-free game of catch Tuesday afternoon. He will likely pitch in low-leverage situations out of the gate.
Sep 9 - 4:20 PM

Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday.

Soria made it through a 25-pitch simulated game on Monday with no issues. Barring any setbacks Tuesday, he should be cleared to rejoin the Tigers' bullpen.
Sep 9 - 3:47 PM

Joakim Soria (oblique) threw around 25 pitches in a simulated appearance Monday afternoon.

Soria worked in both fastballs and breaking balls, and reported no abnormal discomfort during or afterward. The right-hander should be ready to return to the Tigers' bullpen by the end of this week, though he'll likely pitch in low-leverage situations out of the gate because he was unable to go on a rehab assignment. Soria been sidelined since early August with an oblique strain.
Sep 8 - 12:51 PM

Joakim Soria (oblique) threw 39 pitches off the mound Friday and says he'll be ready to face hitters next week.

It's going to be too late for Soria to go on a rehab assignment once he's ready to return, so he'll probably pitch in low-leverage situations in the majors initially. That could happen in 7-10 days.
Sep 5 - 4:30 PM

Joakim Soria (oblique) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday.

It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since landing on the disabled list. Soria will throw another 'pen session on Friday before then likely throwing a sim game. It's conceivable that he could be activated sometime next week.
Sep 3 - 4:45 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Hernan Perez
3Andrew Romine
4Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
3Tyler Collins
4Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2David Price
3Justin Verlander
4Rick Porcello
5Kyle Lobstein
6Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Jim Johnson
9Evan Reed
10Robbie Ray
11Kyle Ryan
12Buck Farmer
13Anibal Sanchez
14Luke Putkonen