Big Game James shuts out Tigers, Royals up 1 game in AL Central
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Rotowire: Mar 29 / 8:53a ET
News: Soria has not allowed a baserunner since Mar. 12, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that there is no competition for the closer role despite Joe Nathan's struggles this spring.
Impact: Nathan's fastball was sitting at 89-90 mph in his most recent appearance Thursday, and he was dealing with a fingernail issue on his thumb after that appearance. Of greater concern is that Nathan has struggled with his command this spring on the heels of a disappointing 2014 campaign. Soria could be one of the first next-in-line relievers to get an opportunity to take over the job if Nathan's struggles persist with Opening Day approaching.
Rotowire: Mar 8 / 12:54p ET
News: Soria was dealing with a blister on his right thumb during his appearance in Sunday's Grapefruit League game, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
Impact: He struggled with his control in the outing, issuing a pair of walks, but Soria managed to deliver a scoreless frame prior to his departure. It's expected that the ailment will be a non-issue in a matter of days.
Rotowire: Feb 14 / 8:27a ET
News: The Tigers are relying on a healthy Soria to bolster their bullpen in 2015.
Impact: 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.