ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joakim Soria will make his Texas Rangers debut in Arlington Friday.
Of course Soria will only be facing hitters in a batting practice session, but it's a big step towards making his real debut for the Rangers.
Soria, who has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and a pectoral strain in Arizona, is happy to have the change of scenery.
"I can't wait," said Soria. "I've been working hard in Arizona. I'm really happy to get out here and be around these guys and be in his major league club and start living this life again. Getting this atmosphere and starting to get excited about games is really good for me."
Soria will throw two or three batting practice sessions while the team continues its homestand. He hopes to go out on a rehab assignment when the team starts a road trip June 21.
Soria hasn't pitched in a big-league game since 2011 after having elbow surgery last April. He's been working hard in Arizona throwing to batters in extended spring training. But ...