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Righty Soria continues rehab, feels strong


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Reliever Joakim Soria is scheduled to throw 30 pitches off the mound in the bullpen on Monday. It will be his fourth session since coming to Spring Training, as he continues his rehabilitation program after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April.

"I'm doing very good," Soria said. "This past week, I threw 30 pitches in the bullpen, and it was perfect. No pain or soreness the next day. Everything is going good, which is nice."

This was the second time Soria has had Tommy John surgery. He missed all of the 2002 season while pitching in the Dodgers organization. Recovering from Tommy John generally takes 12 months, but the Rangers are giving him extra time because it's his second one.

Soria is still hoping to be ready by the end of May.

The Rangers signed him to a two-year contract in the winter, after he spent six years with the Royals. Texas and Kansas City share a Spring Training facility, but Soria joked that he is staying away from the other side.

"I went over there before Spring Training to see them, but now we're getting serious," Soria said. "This is my home. I have nothing to do with them. This is my new home."

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