CLEVELAND - The Kansas City Royals activated right-hander Joakim Soria from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and optioned right-hander Ryan Braun to Triple-A Omaha.
Soria was placed on the DL on May 26 with shoulder inflammation. The move was retroactive to May 23. Soria felt soreness in the shoulder after saving a win over Cleveland on May 22. He is 1-2 with a 3.57 ERA and is 10-for-13 in save opportunities. Soria has appeared in 21 games.
Soria, claimed from San Diego in the Rule 5 Draft in December, will pitch primarily in the setup role because the Royals want to give right-hander Octavio Dotel, who has had elbow problems the past two seasons, a chance to close games. Dotel recorded his second save of the season Wednesday night against Cleveland. His save against Tampa Bay on June 1 was his first since May 16, 2005, while pitching for Oakland.
Braun had no record and a 7.24 ERA in 10 appearances.
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