Originally written April 23, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Texas Rangers right-handed reliever Joakim Soria has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle, an injury that will delay his return until at least the beginning of April, according to Jeff Wilson of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Joakim Soria has a strained pectoral muscle. No throwing for two or three weeks. #Rangers debut now targeted for July 1. — Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) April 22, 2013 Soria missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Still, Texas signed the former Kansas City Royals closer to a two-year, $8 million contract over the winter, believing he’d be able to return at some point in May. After throwing a live batting practice session recently, Soria exited complaining of soreness in his pectoral area. He underwent a precautionary MRI which revealed the strain, and as a result of the findings, Soria will be shut down for two or three weeks and then reevaluated. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has said that the recent injury isn’t related to Soria’s Tommy John surgery. Whatever the case, Soria will be out through June. Texas could always use an experienced arm such as Soria in the bullpen, but that’s been an area of strength for them this season, thanks especially to the efforts of Joe Nathan, Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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