Joakim Soria RP DET 9 hours ago

Soria gave up a leadoff home run in the ninth inning Sunday, but settled down and finished the inning without further damage and with his seventh save in hand. He did give up a walk.

He got through because of some excellent defence behind him -- shortstop Jose Iglesias robbed Mike Aviles of a base hit with a spectacular over-the-shoulder snag. Given the strength of the Tigers' offence, Soria will be given plenty of save options and will likely end up as one of the league's most valuable closers.

Joakim Soria RP DET 2 days ago

Soria notched his sixth save of the season Saturday, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning.

With Joe Nathan (elbow) done for the season, Soria is locked in as the Tigers' closer and now has a 1.17 ERA and 5:0 K:BB ratio through 7.2 innings.

Joakim Soria RP DET 6 days ago

Soria continued his dominant run as closer, setting down the Yankees in order to earn his fifth save of the year.

Even if Joe Nathan is anointed the closer after returning from his injury, Soria is making it difficult to remove him from his prominent spot in the Tigers' bullpen. He now owns a 1.35 ERA and 0.30 WHIP.

Joakim Soria RP DET 1 week ago

Soria earned the win in relief Friday against the White Sox with a scoreless frame in the top of the ninth inning.

Entering a 1-1 tie, Soria kept the White Sox from scoring in a 10-pitch appearance before Jose Iglesias drove in the winning run during the bottom of the frame. While Soria has pitched well in the absence of Joe Nathan, it's possible that he'll be forced to return to a setup role upon Nathan's return in the coming weeks.

Joakim Soria RP DET 2 weeks ago

Soria could return to a setup role once Joe Nathan is activated from the DL, Jason Beck of reports.

Soria has pitched well since taking over the closer's role, collecting three saves while working to a 2.45 ERA in five appearances this season. Manager Brad Ausmus didn't officially tab Nathan as the closer upon his return -- which could come at some point next week -- but appears to be leaning toward going that route.

Joakim Soria RP DET 2 weeks ago

Soria collected his third save of the season in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over the Pirates.

He faced the minimum three batters and collected two ground-ball outs. He will remain in the closer's seat until Joe Nathan returns from the disabled list.

Joakim Soria RP DET 2 weeks ago

Soria delivered his first save of the season Thursday; he struck out the only batter he faced in an 8-4 win over Cleveland.

It took him five pitches to record the K. He will be Detroit's closer until Joe Nathan returns, so he's a worthy target with your FAAB if he's on the wire.

Joakim Soria RP DET 3 weeks ago

Soria appears ready to take over the Tigers' closer role with Joe Nathan (forearm) getting placed on the 15-day DL Wednesday, Fox Sports Detroit's Tom Gage reports.

There has not been a formal announcement from the team naming Soria the closer, but there really doesn't need to be. He should now be added in all formats where saves are valued, and it's possible he could hold on to the ninth inning role all season if he pitches well. Nathan has a flexor strain, which will sideline him indefinitely, and could lead to a more serious injury.

Joakim Soria RP DET 1 month ago3 Comments

Soria has not allowed a baserunner since March 12, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that there is no competition for the closer role at this time despite Joe Nathan's struggles this spring.

Nathan's fastball was sitting at 89-90 mph in his most recent appearance Thursday, while he was dealing with a fingernail issue on his thumb after that appearance. Of greater concern is that Nathan has struggled with his command this spring on the heels of a disappointing 2014 campaign. Soria could be one of the first next-in-line relievers to get an opportunity to take over a job if Nathan's struggles persist with Opening Day approaching.

Joakim Soria RP DET 2 months ago

Soria was dealing with a blister on his right thumb during his appearance in Sunday's Grapefruit League game, James Schmehl of reports.

He struggled with his control in the outing, issuing a pair of walks, but Soria managed to deliver a scoreless frame prior to his departure. It's expected that the ailment will be a non-issue in a matter of days.