With would-be contenders in need of help in the back of the bullpen, Joakim Soria naturally has become the source of trade speculation.
Fully healthy two years after Tommy John surgery, Soria has flourished as the Rangers’ closer in 2014.
Soria has converted 16 of 17 save opportunities with a 2.67 ERA, inflated slightly after staggering through two non-save situations in the last month. He hasn’t had a save opportunity in almost a month.
Otherwise, Soria has put up zeroes.
Detroit and the Los Angeles Angels are two teams said to be sniffing around.
“I cannot control that,” said Soria. “I just have to do my work. If they decide to trade me, it’s part of my profession.”
Soria sat out all of 2012 after elbow surgery and was signed by the Rangers as a free agent last year. He worked his way back and became a setup reliever for Joe Nathan a year ago.
“I’m grateful for this organization, but if they decide to trade me, it’s out of my control.
“I can’t worry about that because I’m not in control of it. If it happens, it’s in God’s hands.”
Manager Ron Washington said it’s his understanding that Geovany Soto’s recent legal problems will not inhibit his being activated from the disabled list when he’s ready.
That might be as early as this coming weekend. Soto, arrested Wednesday by Grapevine police on a charge of misdemeanor marijuana possession, is on a medical rehabilitation assignment with Frisco.
On Saturday, Soto went 2 for 3 with a double, walk and RBI as Frisco’s DH. In three games at Frisco, Soto is 3 for 7 with an RBI.
Asked if he hoped Soto would be on the plane for Toronto, site of the second-half opener, Washington said: “Yes.”
Another guy who might be ready is Jim Adduci.
Aducci went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored in his first game with Double A Frisco.
Choo takes birthday off
Shin-Soo Choo’s All-Star break started a day early when he was out of the lineup on Sunday, which was also his 32nd birthday.
A left ankle sprain suffered in May has handcuffed the Rangers’ prime free-agent acquisition this off-season. He has hit .186 since the start of June and is in the midst of a 5-for-33 skid with 11 strikeouts in his last eight games.
“Hopefully, these days will rejuvenate him,” Washington said.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill suffered a broken right thumb and nose after taking a ball that ricocheted off his bat/thumb to the face while trying to bunt in a game Saturday.
Cowgill, placed on the 15-day DL, will need surgery on his nose and likely be out four weeks. He’s not allowed to fly home with the team and is expected to stay in the DFW area for a few days to heal.
• Pitcher Nick Martinez participated in long toss on flat ground Sunday and will throw a bullpen session on Thursday. He said Sunday that the pain in his rib cage on the left side that necessitated a 15-day DL stint is gone.
• Washington said Miles Mikolas, 0-2 with a 10.05 ERA, will get another start.