Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Soria (oblique) was activated from the 10-day DL prior to Saturday's game against the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

Soria has been out since mid-August while recovering from a strained oblique, but he should be near full health after spending the past couple days with his family, while his wife gave birth to their third child. Since he could've rejoined the club earlier this week, it seems likely that he'll be able to head right back into the fray and return to his normal spot in the bullpen moving forward.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Soria (oblique) is expected to rejoin the team in Cleveland and be activated, The Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The setup man was scheduled to return from the DL last week, but plans changed when he returned to Arizona to be with his wife for the birth of their third child. It may take an appearance or two for Soria to find his rhythm, but he's expected to rejoin the bullpen rotation immediately upon his return.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Soria (oblique) won't be activated from the disabled list until next weekend as he has returned home to attend to family matters, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Soria was scheduled to return from the DL on Monday, but his activation will be put on hold for the time being. Based on Flanagan's report, it sounds like he'll return to the Royals' bullpen during their weekend series against the scorching hot Indians, at which point he'll likely join the team's committee of closers.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
2 months ago

Manager Ned Yost said Soria (oblique) could return from the 10-day disabled list Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Soria has been sidelined since mid-August with a left oblique strain, but it appears the veteran reliever is close to rejoining the big-league bullpen. When Soria does return, Yost said he would see save opportunities as part of the Royals' closer committee. The 33-year-old compiled a 3.96 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 50 innings before landing on the shelf.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
3 months ago

Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw off the mound Wednesday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Soria has now been sidelined for nearly three weeks with his strained oblique. Injuries of this nature often take a month or more to recover from, so it's good to see that Soria is now able to advance to mound work. He still has some hurdles to leap before rejoining the Royals' bullpen, but it appears that the reliever is making notable progress. He remains without a firm timetable for return.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
3 months ago

Soria was placed on the disabled list Friday with a strained oblique.

EDGE Analysis

The move doesn't come as much of a surprise, as there had been speculation that Soria was poised to land on the DL. In a corresponding move, Kevin McCarthy was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. Soria will be eligible to be activated August 26.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
3 months ago

General manager Dayton Moore said Soria (lat) is "probably ... headed" to the 10-day disabled list, 610 Sports Radio KC reports.

EDGE Analysis

The possibility has loomed over the last few days, but this looks like a roster move is coming before the start of the key weekend series with the division-rival Indians. The 33-year-old's absence is a bit more tolerable after the Royals' recent moves to bolster their bullpen, but it still would deprive them of their final bridge to closer Kelvin Herrera. Soria has been serviceable throughout the year with a 3.96 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 16 walks in 50 frames.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
3 months ago

Soria has been dealing with a lower-lat issue and could end up on the DL, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Royals fear it's an intercostal strain, and if an MRI on Thursday confirms that that is indeed the issue, a DL move will likely be made. Everyone in the bullpen would move up a rung in Soria's absence, with Brandon Maurer inheriting primary setup duties in front of closer Kelvin Herrera.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
3 months ago

Soria pitched a perfect eighth inning Saturday against the White Sox to capture his 16th hold of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Nine of his 10 pitches went for strikes Saturday, and he got Jose Abreu to strike out swinging for the first out of the inning. Soria's been inconsistent lately, but the right-hander remains a strong option in leagues that value setup men.

Joakim Soria
RP KC
4 months ago

Soria's AL-leading seven blown save this year can be attributed more to tough luck than inefficiency, J.K. Ward of SB Nation reports.

EDGE Analysis

Soria's been dogged by many this year for his poor results as the setup man, and although there's validity to that, he really hasn't been all that bad. The right-hander's career-best 2.02 FIP and his 1.5 WAR rank among the top five AL relievers. Soria's 10.8 K/9 is at its highest point since 2009, while his 0.2 HR/9 is a career best. Furthermore, the 33-year-old has thrived under pressure, holding opponents to a .590 OPS in high-leverage situations. Unfortunately for Soria, he also owns an unlucky .350 BABIP, well above the MLB average (.296) for a reliever, and that's put a serious dent in his fantasy value.