Joakim Soria’s return from disabled list delayed by family matters

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria

Royals reliever Joakim Soria’s expected return from the disabled list could be delayed by four to five days because of family matters.

Soria returned home to Arizona this weekend to be with his 7-year-old daughter Angela, who was suffering from appendicitis. Also, Royals manager Ned Yost said Soria’s wife, Karla, is pregnant and due to give birth on Thursday.

“He’s got a pretty good week ahead of him,” Yost said on Sunday morning.

Yost said on Saturday that Soria would likely be activated from the disabled list on Monday. He has been out of action since Aug. 18 because of an oblique strain. The injury surfaced after he allowed four earned runs in a disastrous 10-8 loss to the Oakland A’s on Aug. 15.

Soria has posted a 3.96 ERA in 50 innings this season, striking out 59 while blowing seven saves. His performance dipped in late July and early August. The Royals’ bullpen, however, could use the extra arm.

Reliever Kelvin Herrera was recently removed from the closer role, leaving Brandon Maurer, Mike Minor and Scott Alexander to fill in.

The Royals beat the Twins 11-3 on Sunday afternoon, salvaging a series split in the four-game set.