Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria faces the possibility of a second Tommy John surgery, the team announced Monday.
Soria was taken out of Sunday’s spring training game against the Cleveland Indians after retiring only one of five batters he faced and said after the outing that his elbow felt ”really bad.” An MRI on Monday revealed Soria suffered damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore said Soria will have his sore right elbow checked by Dr. Lewis Yokum in Los Angeles on Tuesday before a final decision is made on whether he would undergo Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old Mexican hurler underwent the procedure in 2003 while playing in the Dodgers’ organization.
"It’s unfortunate, because Joakim is such a professional person and he’s obviously hurting right now." Moore said. "But we’ll just hope for the best, and if he does need reconstruction — which would be his second — let’s hope for a good outcome."
The two-time All-Star amassed more than 40 saves in both 2008 and 2010. His numbers took a dip last season with just 28 saves and a 4.03 ERA.
Soria has a 2.40 career ERA and 160 saves with the Royals.