AL Central Notes: Soria, Baker, Antonetti

Here's the latest from the AL Central…

  • Royals closer Joakim Soria has suffered "definite damage" in his right elbow's UCL, GM Dayton Moore told media (including Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star) today.  Soria will visit Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday to determine if Tommy John surgery is necessary and, if so, it would be the second time Soria has undergone a Tommy John procedure in his career.  Greg Holland and Jonathan Broxton would seem like the top candidates to close games for the Royals in Soria's absence, but to keep tabs on the situation, follow MLBTR's Tim Dierkes on Twitter @CloserNews.
  • Some baseball people "have said for a while" that the Royals should've traded Soria while his value was at its highest, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Soria had an off-year by his standards in 2011 but still drew some trade interest over the winter, with Kansas City demanding a top starting pitcher in return. 
  • Even if Scott Baker struggles in 2012, the Twins could still be justified in picking up his $9.25MM option for 2013, writes John Bonnes of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
  • Indians GM Chris Antonetti discusses Shin-Soo Choo, the importance of assembling a good defensive corps to help a pitching staff and several other topics with Grantland's Jonah Keri.


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25 Comments on "AL Central Notes: Soria, Baker, Antonetti"


wadebets
3 years 5 months ago

Man, the Royals are getting their butt’s kicked by injuries this year. I had high hopes for them this year.

3 years 5 months ago

Reminds me of last year’s Twins.

Peter Francis Schneider
3 years 5 months ago

Yeah, pretty terrible rotations. That’s about where the similarities end.

MadisonMariner
3 years 5 months ago

Just a quick note:  It’s Chris Antonetti, not Antonelli.  I made that mistake the first few times I heard his name a few years ago, too.  :)

3 years 5 months ago

Doh, this is what I get for thinking I was so smart for drafting Soria late in the draft in both my leagues. My gut reaction is to add up Holland, any signs of them leaning one way or another? 

3 years 5 months ago

Smart.  Soria has a history of injuries.

3 years 5 months ago

Smart.  Soria has a history of injuries.

2001morecowbell2001
3 years 5 months ago

I just put in a waiver claim for Holland in one of my leagues. Sounds like they aren’t leaning one way or the other between Holland/Broxton. However, it appears Holland has been lights out all spring and the Royals would be taking an obvious risk in Broxton so I had to pull the trigger

2001morecowbell2001
3 years 5 months ago

I just put in a waiver claim for Holland in one of my leagues. Sounds like they aren’t leaning one way or the other between Holland/Broxton. However, it appears Holland has been lights out all spring and the Royals would be taking an obvious risk in Broxton so I had to pull the trigger

Peter Francis Schneider
3 years 5 months ago

The wheels have officially fallen off the Royals bandwagon before the season even started!

NatsTown
3 years 5 months ago

Feel bad for the guy.

rizdak
3 years 5 months ago

I didn’t even know it was possible to have two Tommy John surgeries. On the same ligament? Ouch…

bustinsuds
3 years 5 months ago

If I’m not mistaken, Chris Capuano had two TJ procedures.

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

 so has shawn hill i believe

3 years 5 months ago

Oddly enough, this could benefit the Royals.

Something was clearly wrong with Soria last year — though I don’t know that it was physical.

Holland, Herrera, or one of the other young arms will likely provide more than what Soria would have.

I hate to see this happen to a class guy who has been lights out in previous years.

But I really don’t think it will impact their season that much.

3 years 5 months ago

Oddly enough, this could benefit the Royals.

Something was clearly wrong with Soria last year — though I don’t know that it was physical.

Holland, Herrera, or one of the other young arms will likely provide more than what Soria would have.

I hate to see this happen to a class guy who has been lights out in previous years.

But I really don’t think it will impact their season that much.

Red_Line_9
3 years 5 months ago

I’m not actually sure the Royals miss a beat without Soria..and are better off not having him at all than having him pitching with injury.  Not sure they were gonna be in contention anyway.

Red_Line_9
3 years 5 months ago

I’m not actually sure the Royals miss a beat without Soria..and are better off not having him at all than having him pitching with injury.  Not sure they were gonna be in contention anyway.

rundmc1981
3 years 5 months ago

Who did you cheer for last year?

inleylandwetrust
3 years 5 months ago

Revere career OBP:.305
Casilla career OBP: .310

You need to get on base to be driven in, you can’t steal first young Brian.

3 years 5 months ago

Not true…..on a third strike that’s either in the dirt, dropped by, or gets passed the catcher, the batter can then attempt to steal first as long as it is unoccupied by another player. Go Twins!!!

Red_Line_9
3 years 5 months ago

That’s technically a strikeout and a passed ball…but yeah…Revere is gonna get to the bag quicker than most…you’ll likely see that happen 100 times this season.

Red_Line_9
3 years 5 months ago

That’s technically a strikeout and a passed ball…but yeah…Revere is gonna get to the bag quicker than most…you’ll likely see that happen 100 times this season.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 5 months ago

That isn’t a stolen base

inleylandwetrust
3 years 5 months ago

That isn’t a stolen base