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The Tigers are relying on a healthy Soria to bolster their bullpen in 2015.With few additions over the course of the offseason, the Tigers expect that Soria can be a quality setup option in front of closer Joe Nathan, and a potential replacement in the ninth-inning role if Nathan's 2014 struggles persist. Soria made just 13 appearances for the Tigers last season after being acquired from the Rangers, as an oblique injury in mid-August sidelined him for a month.

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The Tigers have exercised Soria's team option for 2015, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.

Soria will make $7 million and become a free agent after the 2015 season. Detroit will likely make further efforts to stabilize its bullpen this offseason, but retaining Soria was a good first step. He posted a 3.25 ERA and a 26.4 percent K-rate versus a 3.3 percent walk rate over 44.1 innings with Texas and Detroit last season, and could find his way to the closer role at some point.

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Soria gave up a run in his return from the disabled list Wednesday.

After missing time with an oblique injury, Soria is ready to roll again in the Detroit bullpen. The run Wednesday wasn't a crucial one, as it merely extended the Royals' lead to three runs on a night where the Tigers' offense failed to plate a run.

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Soria (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday,'s Jason Beck reports.

Soria will return to the Tigers just over month removed from injuring his oblique. Expect him to work in a setup role in front of closer Joe Nathan.

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Soria (oblique) threw a successful bullpen session Monday and will be evaluated for possible activation Tuesday, Matthew B. Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.

Soria went on the disabled list Aug. 10 but initially hoped to return when first eligible. The return date was pushed back into September, but he now appears close to rejoining the bullpen. The team will see how Soria is feeling tomorrow, and if everything checks out fine, he could be activated in the next few days.

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Soria (Oblique) will throw a simulated game Monday, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports 1 reports.

Soria was possibly on the verge of taking over the closer role from Joe Nathan before an oblique injury sent him to the disabled list. He appears nearly ready to rejoin the Tigers' bullpen, and would likely work his way back into a late inning role again.

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Soria (oblique) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday,'s Chris Iott reports.

Soria will likely attempt to throw another session Friday before advancing to a simulated game. If he remains on schedule with his recovery, an activation from the DL could come later next week.

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Soria (oblique) plans to throw Monday, Chris Iott of reports.

The Tigers haven't decided if Soria will throw off flat ground or a mound, but it does sound like he's at least progressing positively from the oblique injury. He previously threw off flat ground Saturday, the fourth time he'd done so over the last five days.

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Soria (oblique) threw off flat ground for the fourth time in five days Saturday, Jason Beck of reports.

Although there is still no timetable for Soria's return, the news is still encouraging for owners. Soria has been out of the lineup since Aug. 9, but had a 1.09 WHIP and 3.58 ERA this season with the Rangers and Tigers.

Joakim Soria RP DET 6 Months

Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw again off flat ground Saturday,'s Chris Iott reports.

Soria is coming along more slowly than anticipated, as the team hoped to have him back when first eligible Aug. 25. He is still a couple steps away from returning, and his target date is unclear at this point.