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
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.
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