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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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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

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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

Joakim Soria allowed four runs while retiring just one batter in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

The Tigers entered the bottom of the eighth inning down just one run, but, after Max Scherzer yielded a one-out double, the bullpen surrendered eight runs before getting two outs. An Austin Romine error really hurt, but it's no secret that the Tigers' bullpen is a big weakness. It could be their undoing in October.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 09:49:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 11:48:00 PM

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.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 04:31:00 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.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 04:20:00 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.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 03:47:00 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.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 12:51:00 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.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 04:30:00 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.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 04:45:00 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.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 11:33:00 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.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 03:19:00 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."
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 03:40:00 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.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 11:16:00 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.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 04:45:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
4Manuel Pina
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
3Josh Wilson
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Casper Wells
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
3Wynton Bernard
4Xavier Avery
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Joel Hanrahan
7Tom Gorzelanny
8Blaine Hardy
9Alex Wilson
10Josh Zeid
11Kyle Ryan
12Alberto Cabrera
13Angel Nesbitt
14Rafael Dolis