Joakim Soria is finally set to throw off the Rangers Ballpark mound to major league hitters.
While Soria will only be throwing live batting practice to his Texas teammates, Friday is a significant step for the reliever still a few weeks from his Rangers debut.
''It's been a long spring training for me,'' Soria said Thursday. ''Finally, I'm here. ... I want to know where I'm at.''
Soria was recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery when the Rangers signed the two-time All-Star to an $8 million, two-year contract last winter with a team option for 2015. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since Sept. 11, 2011, for Kansas City.
The right-hander had spent the entire spring at the team's complex in Arizona before getting to Texas on Thursday, where he was greeted enthusiastically in the clubhouse by teammates he still hasn't played in a game with yet.
''I'm really happy to get out here and be around these guys ... and start living this life again,'' Soria said. ''Getti...