Bad news for the Royals: Joakim Soria, who's saved 143 games in the last four years, has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) elbow. While no decision has been made as to what's next for the 27-year-old two-time All-Star, all signs point to Tommy John surgery. Which would mean Soria would miss at least the next 12 months.
This isn't as big a blow to Kansas City's chances of competing for a playoff spot this year as it may seem, as the Royals have a good stable of good arms who could take over the ninth inning. Jonathan Broxton, who was an elite reliever with the Dodgers only a few years ago, would be the most likely replacement closer, but Greg Holland or Louis Coleman could warrant a look as well.
Soria has held White Sox hitters to a .516 OPS over 33 career games, allowing just one home run to the 139 batters he's faced. That homer came on Aug. 22, 2007, when Josh Fields hit a three-run clout in the ninth inning off Soria -- unfortunately, though, the Sox had a four-run deficit and didn't come back to win.
In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.
Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?
Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?
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The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.
On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.
But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.
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