Joakim Soria has strained pectoral muscle, not expected to pitch for Rangers until July

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When the Rangers signed reliever Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million contract during the offseason, they were hoping that he would make it back from Tommy John surgery in late May or early June. It turns out that they’ll be waiting a bit longer.

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Soria recently suffered a strained pectoral muscle and will be shut down for the next 2-3 weeks. While the good news is that the setback has nothing to do with his surgically-repaired elbow, his Rangers’ debut is now being targeted for around July 1.

Soria, who turns 29 next month, owns a owns a 2.40 career ERA over five seasons in the majors. He’ll serve as a set-up man to Joe Nathan once he’s back to full health.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.