Mar. 15, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria (48) throws during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Joakim Soria Injury Update: Tommy John Surgery Successful For Royals Closer

The only silver lining is that Dayton Moore stocked up on bullpen arms in the offseason with Jon Broxton and Jose Mijares.

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Soria begins next step of rehab

Kansas City Royals' closer Joakim Soria throws for first time since April.

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Royals Likely To Pick Up Option On Joakim Soria To Raise Return Value In 2013

The Kansas City Royals are going to have a major decision to make when Joakim Soria finally returns from yet another Tommy John surgery in 2013. The Royals will have been without their long-term closer for the duration of the 2012 season, and they have bright young arms who could take over the role for a fraction of the price. But the Royals would also be forced to let Soria go for nothing after years of spurning possible trade offers. That's not likely to happen.

A quick look ahead by MLB Trade Rumors analyzes the 2013 market for closers, and Soria is one intriguing buy-low option for many teams. That's why Soria is likely to stick in KC after all just to build some of that value back up.

Dan Mennella writes, "Similar to the Reds and Madson, the Royals will have a tough decision to make with Soria coming off (a second) Tommy John surgery. They've been very reluctant to part with him via trade previously, so I'm thinking they'll pick up the option just to save face and see what he can yield -- either in terms of on-field contributions or perhaps a trade later in the season if he comes back healthy."

Soria was one of the best young closers in baseball over the last few seasons, but injuries have definitely changed that outlook. It will be interesting to see what return, if any, Dayton Moore will want for his long-time closer.

For all news and information regarding the Kansas City Royals, please visit Royals Review.

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Royals Select Jonathan Broxton To Close In Joakim Soria's Absence, Per Ned Yost

The Kansas City Royals finally told fantasy baseball owners what they have been wanting to hear since Joakim Soria was first injured weeks ago in spring training. Ned Yost, the team’s manager, announced that his first choice out of the bullpen will be Jonathan Broxton with an ability to rely on Greg Holland if Broxton is tired or ineffective.

Broxton has definitely played the closer role in the past and his signing this offseason is now fortuitous given the need in the pen for his presence. The Royals would likely do just fine with Holland in the role instead, but having the two to anchor the backside of the pen will work well for a Royals starting staff that will likely force the bullpen to provide a lot of innings.

Yost also clarified the rest of the bullpen roles and what fans can expect there:

“The roles will define themselves, but that’s how we’re starting it. We’re starting with Broxton closing it out, Holland in the eighth and then we’ll have [Jose] Mijares, [Aaron] Crow, [Tim] Collins and [Kelvin] Herrera [as the] guys from the third inning on to the seventh inning. By that, I mean I’ve told them I want them focused in on the game from the third inning on. Because if we get in trouble in the third or fourth inning, I’m going to bring one of those guys in to stop the bleeding and then put [Everett] Teaford in the game to get us to our backend guys.”

For all news and information regarding the Kansas City Royals, please visit Royals Review.

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Joakim Soria Injury Update: Tommy John Surgery Successful For Royals Closer

The Kansas City Royals are glad they bolstered the bullpen this offseason because the biggest injury news to come out of spring training for the Royals this year is the loss of Joakim Soria to Tommy John surgery. KC should be without their long-time closer for 2012, which means that signings like Jonathan Broxton take on added importance. Luckily for Soria’s long-term prognosis, the word is that the surgery went well.

Dick Kaegel reports, “Soria underwent Tommy John surgery by specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. This was the second reconstructive procedure on the closer’s right elbow, but the medical team reported no issues because of the prior surgery.”

Frank Jobe performed the surgery and it appears everything was fine. Kaegel notes, ‘According to a Royals’ spokesman, the medical team ’couldn’t have been more pleased’ after Soria’s surgery."

Greg Holland and Broxton are expected to hold down closer duties while Soria is out.

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Joakim Soria Injury: Royals Closer Hopes To Stay In Kansas City After Rehab

While trade rumors have surrounded him for years now, Joakim Soria still hopes the Kansas City Royals will keep him around after he returns from Tommy John surgery. In his first public comments since the injury, the Royals All-Star closer says that he appreciates the team and wants to be a part of its future.

"I hope to still be here in Kansas City," <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/24/3511357/soria-says-he-hopes-to-remain.html#storylink=cpy" target="new">he said in comments from the Star</a>. "I love this organization. I feel part of this family. I appreciate what they’ve done for me. I’d really like to stay here."

This is the second instance of reconstructive surgery for Soria and his contract will begin to become cost prohibitive next season, which puts Dayton Moore in a very interesting position regarding Soria. Clearly he would need to have Soria pitch to re-establish any sort of value on the field, but coming back from Tommy John takes significant time (up to 18 months to get back to full strength).

Soria, however, is well aware of the financial implications of his current contract and injury status.

"I’d like to have the opportunity," he said, "to sign back here after I become a free agent — if they don’t take the option, which is obvious they won’t take it. I just want to get ready as soon as possible to have the chance to pitch on the major-league level again either with this team or another one. I would like to stay here."

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Joakim Soria Injury: Greg Holland's Fantasy Baseball Stock Goes Up

Word that Joakim Soria will miss the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery is not only causing the Kansas City Royals to make moves to their bullpen, but it’s also causing fantasy baseball players to alter their draft strategies as the regular season moves closer. With closers at such a premium, most FB players act quickly on any possible news of a change in a team’s bullpen. Thus it’s not surprising to see so many guesses about where the saves will come from on the Royals.

Eric Karabell says that Greg Holland is the best bet on the Royals at this point. Jon Broxton is around and Aaron Crow is also quite capable, but he has his money on Holland.

“While Soria seems unlikely to be ready for April games, look for Greg Holland to handle closing duties in his stead,” he writes. “Holland had a better 2011 season than Soria anyway. Former Dodgers closer Broxton will be a trendy late-round draft pick, but he hasn’t been effective since 2009, and while scouts say he’s throwing well so far in spring training, Holland is likely to get the first chance.”

Holland was 5-1 last season with a 1.80 ERA out of the Royals bullpen.

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Joakim Soria Injury Fears: Few Pitchers Have Came Back Twice From Tommy John

In a 2007 story for USA Today, it was published that the odds a player returns from a second Tommy John surgery to a pre-surgery level of baseball is roughly 20%. Granted there have likely been further advancements in the procedure over the past five years, but the odds certainly aren't on Joakim Soria's side this time around.

Two pitchers that came to my mind who did have success at the major league level after a second Tommy John surgery were Doug Brocail and Chris Capuano.

Brocail, who retired after the 2009 season at the age of 42, had the surgery twice. Because of this he appeared in just three minor league games total from 2001-03. Though Brocail was never at the level that Soria once was, Brocail was a first-round draft pick in the 1986 draft out of high school. Post Tommy John surgeries he enjoyed modest success, including a solid 2007 season with the San Diego Padres in which he was 5-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.

Another player whose had modest success after having the surgery twice is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano. He went under the knife in both 2002 and 2008. At the time he was 23 and 29 years old, or similar to Soria's time frame. He is the rare pitcher who has actually performed roughly the same after multiple surgeries as he did before.

However those two are true exceptions, as Jose Rijo has the operation performed five times and was never able to get back to what he once was. There are numerous other examples of pitchers who had failed attemps after even just once Tommy John surgery.

The future doesn't look bright for Joakim Soria, but there is the outside chance that he could be one of the few who is able to come back a second time. However I wouldn't exactly count on it happening.

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All Signs Point Towards Tommy John Surgery For Royals' Joakim Soria

Well this about the worst news Royals fans could imagine.

According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, it appears that Royals closer Joakim Soria is headed towards Tommy John surgery, the second of his career. Prior to joining the Royals, Soria had his first Tommy John surgery in 2003.

This is bad news for the Royals as the organization has now lost any and all leverage they had with the prized closer. Many fans and members of the media alike had said it was time for the team to trade Soria this offseason. To be honest at one time this winter I thought he was as good as trade

Now it's not like the Royals are out of options at the closer sp0t as they have Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera who could step into the role. Should the team want, they also could shift newly signed Jonathan Broxton from the set-up role to closer. However the damage to Soria has been done and now the club will pay the consequences.

Financially the Royals have $6 million tied up in Soria for 2012, and $16.75 million over the next two-years in team options. Look fort the Royals to now try to negotiate and move forward after this troubling news. Before he goes under the knife, Soria will be re-evaluated by a specialist in Los Angeles.

For more Royals information, make sure to head over to Royals Review. It is your home for Kansas City Royals news and information on the SB Nation network of blogs.

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Joakim Soria Injury Update: Royals Have Solid Closer Options In Holland, Broxton

The Kansas City Royals are going to have to adjust to a couple of unexpected injuries from spring training as they head into a promising 2012 MLB season. First it was the loss of Salvador Perez at catcher for at least the first few months of the season. Now closer Joakim Soria is sidelined with a sore right elbow and it’s clear on all sides that it could be the sort of lingering injury where he could miss time.

For now, the word is that the Royals will take it easy with him over the next few days and monitor his progress. However as the Royals plan for the worst case scenario, they have some solid options in the bullpen already.

The best case is likely Greg Holland who had a fantastic year in 2011. Holland threw 60 innings and allowed only 37 hits while striking out 74. It was good for a 5-1 record and a 1.80 ERA. Fangraphs’ Mike Podhorzer writes, “Assuming he can keep up that strikeout rate, and all the evidence points to this being likely, than he should be more than capable of holding down the closer role.”

Another option is newly signed reliever Jon Broxton, who has held down the closer role before with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Royals’ manager Ned Yost said recently, “I like what I see. He’s a guy who has tremendous stuff, and he commands the ball down. You can see how he was an All-Star closer in years past. He’s a power pitcher with command.”

The Royals will definitely miss Soria, but for those wondering where they turn next, there are some decent options already in-house. No external moves should be made in this instance, as they wait for Soria to heal and others to step up.

For more on Soria’s injury and the Royals spring training progress, check out Royals Review.

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