Soria, Pena return; Ponson to D.L.; Raines inks minor league deal

9-18 Soria.jpgThe Royals have had a few roster moves since Sunday’s game.  Yesterday, outfielder Coco Crisp was placed on the bereavement list by the Commissioner’s Office. 

Today, the Royals place right-handed pitcher Sidney Ponson on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 30 with a right elbow strain.  Closer Joakim Soria and shortstop Tony Pena, Jr. were activated from the disabled list and will be available for tonight’s game at Tampa Bay.

In other news, the Royals have signed Tim Raines, Jr. to a minor league contract.  The 29-year old Raines batted .311 with 18 home runs and 78 RBI for Tucson in the PCL last season.  He played for Baltimore in 2001, 2003 and 2004.  Tim Jr. played alongside his dad, seven-time All-Star Tim Sr., in 2001 for the Orioles.  The younger Raines has been assigned to Triple-A Omaha.

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