Royals reinstate Joakim Soria

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 01: Kansas City Royals Pitcher Joakim Soria (48) delivers a pitch during game 1 of a MLB split-doubleheader between the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins on July 1, 2017 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Royals defeated the Twins 11-6.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)
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The Kansas City Royals have reinstated right-handed relief pitcher Joakim Soria from the 10-day disabled list, according to the Royals’ official Twitter account.

Soria was placed on the disabled list back on Aug. 18 due to a left oblique strain.

While the 33-year-old is certainly not the dominant force that he once was, he is still having a solid 2017 campaign. Over 53 relief appearances, Soria has gone 4-3 with a 3.96 ERA, allowing 48 hits and just one home run over 50 innings of work while striking out 59 batters.

He also lays claim to a 2.08 FIP, meaning his relatively high ERA was probably a result of some bad luck.

Soria was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent out of Mexico back in 2001.

However, he was released by the Dodgers three years later, and in 2006, the Royals selected him in the Rule 5 Draft.

He broke into the majors in 2007, pitching to the tune of a 2.48 ERA through 62 relief outings and surrendering just 46 hits while racking up 75 strikeouts across 69 frames of action.

The following year, Soria made the All-Star team thanks to a 1.60 ERA and 42 saves while giving up just 39 hits and fanning 66 hitters over 67.1 innings.

He spent the first five seasons of his career with Kansas City before landing with the Texas Rangers. Soria then bounced around between the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates before ending up back with the Royals in 2016.

Kansas City came into play on Saturday with a record of 73-74 and sat four games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

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