KANSAS CITY -- Joakim Soria is throwing again.
Soria, the Royals' closer in the previous five seasons, picked up a baseball for the first time on Tuesday since his Tommy John surgery and threw it -- 25 times from a distance of 45 feet, to be exact.
This breakthrough happened at the Royals' complex at Surprise, Ariz., where Soria has been going through rehab since undergoing elbow reconstructive surgery on April 3.
Soria compiled 160 saves from 2007 through 2011 with a cumulative ERA of 2.40. He was replaced by Jonathan Broxton in the first half of this season and, after Broxton was traded, by Greg Holland in the second half.
The Royals hold an option on Soria's 2013 contract for $8 million.