The Royals closer consulted three separate doctors this week in search of alternative treatments for the torn ligament discovered in his elbow, but today announced he would endure the season-ending procedure for a second time.
Soria, 27, underwent the same operation in 2003 as a 19-year-old in the Dodgers organization, then went on to half a decade of dominance as the Royals closer.
In five seasons, the two-time All-Star has amassed a 2.40 ERA, 9.7 K/9, a 1.043 WHIP and 160 saves, averaging 63 innings a year.
Dr. Lewis Yocum is scheduled to perform the surgery April 3 in Los Angeles; recovery time for the procedure is usually at least one year from the operation.
The Royals will pay Soria $6 million this season and hold club options worth $8 million and $8.75 million for 2013 and 2014.
If Soria's recovery doesn't go as planned or if the Royals decide he is not worth the risk, both options include $750K buy-outs.