Kansas City closer Joakim Soria is perfect on save chances this year, he has eight Ks in five innings, and his ratios have probably met your expectations: 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP. But he's also dealing with "shoulder tightness," according to the team's website.
"There is a problem but it's not a DL situation," [manager Trey] Hillman said. "He doesn't have any structural damage but he does have a tight right shoulder on the back side. We're looking at a minimum of three to five days."
Repeat: a minimum of three to five days. Here's the note we care about for fantasy purposes:
The closing role now will be handled by a "committee" until Soria returns, he said.
Off the top of my head, I can think of 14.54 reasons that Kyle Farnsworth should not be the chairman of that committee right now. He's given up seven hits, seven earned runs, two homers and three walks in his 4.1 innings so far.
Juan Cruz (2.70 ERA, 0.60 WHIP) is the short-term add I'm going after. Robinson Tejeda has impressed, too (4.2 IP, no hits, 5 BB, 10 K), but he doesn't seem to be near the top of KC's bullpen hierarchy.
Don't expect the Royals to reveal much about Soria's shoulder troubles. It's at least a good sign that he's not headed to the DL...yet.
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