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Soria passes another test as return from DL looms

Soria passes another test as return from DL looms

Soria passes another test as return from DL looms

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said the club will make a decision on Joakim Soria by this weekend. Soria threw a shutout inning both Wednesday and Thursday for Double-A Frisco, passing what should be his last rehab assignment test. Soria threw seven scoreless innings in as many outings while rehabbing, allowing just one hit with eight strikeouts and no walks.

"He did what he had to do," Washington said. "He got his innings in like he was in Spring Training, just the way we would normally do it. We didn't shortcut it. If he's throwing fine, when the next [time] it is for him to throw again and there's no issues, then we'll make our move."

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Soria was in the Rangers' clubhouse Friday. He said he feels good following his first back-to-back outings. Soria threw just 14 pitches combined in both appearances.

"It was short innings, but as soon as you build it up going into a game, you throw about 20 pitches in the bullpen," Soria said. "Then you go in with the intensity of the game and all that stuff that comes with a back-to-back. It doesn't matter if I threw six or seven pitches, you just have to be ready when it counts."

Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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