Royals Closer Soria Having Sore Elbow Checked

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Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria will have his sore right elbow checked by Dr. Lewis Yokum in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Soria left Sunday's game after retiring only one of five batters
he faced and said after the outing that his elbow felt "really

Royals spokesman Mike Swanson said Monday the team believes
Soria has some damage in his area of his ulnar collateral ligament.

Soria had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2003. He has been
one of the best relievers in the American League since his rookie
season of 2007, but his performance fell off last year. His ERA
jumped to 4.03 and he had 28 saves, but lost the closer's job at