Soria enjoying 'perfect' progress from surgery

ARLINGTON -- Reliever Joakim Soria, who was signed by the Rangers as a free agent during the Winter Meetings, said so far his rehabilitation program has gone "perfect" as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Soria, who was a two-time All-Star closer during his six years with the Royals, underwent surgery on April 3, 2012, and he's hoping to be available by the end of May or early June. He is currently throwing long toss and probably won't go off a mound until the end of February.

"So far it has been perfect, every step has been perfect," said Soria, who also missed the entire 2003 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery for the first time. "I know what to expect this time. It's a little different. The first time I was 19 years old and most of my rehabilitation was in Mexico. Now I'm here in Phoenix and we have all the facilities and all the stuff to help you recover."