Found July 05, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Earlier this week, there was talk that the Texas Rangers could activate former Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria from the disabled list this weekend. Before they considered such a move, Soria had to prove he could make it through appearances on back-to-back days. He did so Wednesday and Thursday, and if he responds well today he should join the Rangers over the weekend, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. Soria made appearances for the Rangers' Double-A affiliate on Wednesday and Thursday. He had a perfect eight-pitch outing yesterday, and he's now expected to take today off before the team decides what's next for him. Considering pitching on back-to-back days is generally the final hurdle for rehabbing relievers to pass, it would appear that Soria is slated to be activated this weekend. His next appearance for the Rangers will be his first, and it will also mark the first time he's pitched in the majors since the 2011 season. The right-hander missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. While Joe Nathan is expected to retain the role of closer for Texas, Soria will bolster the back-end of the team's bullpen. He brings closer experience, as he was an All-Star for the Royals in 2008 and '10. Over five seasons in the majors, the 29-year-old has posted an ERA and WHIP of 2.40 and 1.043 while compiling 160 saves. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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