Joakim Soria is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight by throwing an inning at Double-A as he comes back from Tommy John elbow surgery.
Master Tesfatsion of MLB.com reports that Soria is expected to make “multiple appearances” at Double-A and the first outing or two will likely be followed by at least a day of rest.
Soria’s last game action was in September of 2011, as he missed all of last season and then signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Rangers as a free agent. Before the injury Soria was one of the truly elite relievers in baseball, throwing 315 innings with a 2.40 ERA and 341 strikeouts, so if healthy he could make a big impact in a setup role down the stretch.
The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.
According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.
The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.