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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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