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Joakim Soria Needs Season-Ending Tommy John Surgery

Kansas City Royals right handed relief pitcher, Joakim Soria will be out for the entire season due to Tommy John surgery, according to a tweet from Kansas City Royals beat writer, Bob Dutton.

Soria will undergo surgery April 3 and it will take about 12-18 months to recover, meaning he will miss the entire 2012 season and possibly the start of the 2013 season.

Soria has had a spectacular career with the Royals going from a zero to a hero closer in 2007 and saving 160 games with a 2.40 ERA and 341 strikeouts in 315 innings over five seasons. Last season he had a 4.03 ERA with 60 strikeouts.