While it was a long, bumpy road to get there, Joakim Soria reached a career milestone Wednesday, notching his 200th save.

It's a stat that most closers aim for, whether they admit it or not. Soria was well-aware of his achievement, as his path to get there was far from easy.

Soria recorded his 200th save in the eighth year of his major-league career, pitching for his third team and after two Tommy John surgeries.

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"I thank God for that," Soria said of save No. 200 (via MLB.com). "I was almost out with two surgeries. Now I have a chance to have the 200 [saves]."

While it took him roughly two and a half years to reach 100 career saves, it took him nearly twice as long to reach No. 200. It's a milestone he won't soon forget.

(h/t MLB.com)