Rangers’ Joakim Soria to take next step toward rehab assignment

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The Surprise Boys were reunited Thursday when Joakim Soria made his 2013 debut in the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse and was warmly greeted by former long-term rehabbers Colby Lewis and Kyle McClellan.

It’s been pretty hot at the Surprise Recreation Campus, reported Soria, who has been mowing down teenagers during sessions of live batting practice at extended spring training. He came to Rangers Ballpark to see how his stuff will play against major leaguers.

Back to health after Tommy John surgery in 2012 and a strained pectoral muscle in April, Soria is planning to throw live BP Friday and two more times during the homestand before heading on a medical rehabilitation assignment.

“I want to know where I am right now,” he said. “These guys can look at the ball, and they have a plan at home plate. They can tell me where I am, and I can see if they’re comfortable hitting against me or my pitches are sharp enough to get those guys out. I think it’s a very good test for me.”

Soria will have 30 days to complete his rehab assignment once it begins. He is likely to make his 2013 debut after the All-Star break, and figures to fit in to the back end of the Rangers’ bullpen.

He can’t wait.

“I’ve been working hard in Arizona,” said Soria, who threw 48 pitches Tuesday in Arizona. “I’m really happy to get out here and be around these guys and be on this major league club and start living this life again. Getting in this atmosphere and starting to get excited about games is really good for me.”

Grimm pace

After allowing 12 earned runs in his past two starts, right-hander Justin Grimm said he will attempt to slow down his delivery on the mound Friday should trouble arise against Toronto.

“I started rushing,” said Grimm, who allowed four runs Sunday to the Blue Jays in 5 2/3 innings. “I’m competing a little too much. It’s something I have to work on and make the adjustment.”

Manager Ron Washington said he’s still confident in the April Rookie of the Month. Washington also believes Grimm has pitched better recently than his pitching line indicates.

“I think maybe his last three outings, one pitch has been the difference,” Washington said.

Briefly

• Mitch Moreland is expected to run the bases this weekend, and will head on a rehab assignment next week if there are no setbacks with his strained right hamstring. The Rangers expect to reinstate him from the disabled list June 21 to open a road trip at St. Louis.

• Alexi Ogando (shoulder inflammation) will begin a throwing program Friday, and fellow right-hander Colby Lewis (triceps tendinitis) will throw off a half-mound Friday and hopes to throw a bullpen session early next week.

Correspondent Christian Clark contributed to this report.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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