Royals closer Soria may need Tommy John surgery

8:17 PM, Mar 19, 2012   |    comments
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Surprise, AZ (Sports Network) - Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria could be headed for Tommy John surgery.

Soria was taken out of Sunday's game against the Indians because of right elbow discomfort.

An MRI revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament. Soria will see Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday in Los Angeles for a second opinion, according to general manager Dayton Moore.

Reconstructive surgery would force Soria to miss the 2012 season.

It would be the second Tommy John surgery for Soria, who missed the entire 2003 season while with the Dodgers' organization.

Soria went 5-5 last season with a 4.03 ERA and 28 saves. The two-time All-Star selection has 160 saves in his five seasons with the Royals.

If Soria is forced to miss the season, Kansas City could fill the void with former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton or last year's setup man, Greg Holland.

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