The Texas Rangers have placed Keone Kela on the 15 day disabled list with an "elbow impingement," per John Blake on Twitter. Phil Klein has been recalled to take his place.
This is...ominous. Kela was used extremely heavily last season, with a workload much greater than he ever had shouldered before, and ended up being limited late in the season due to elbow issues. Kela has seemingly been healthy this year, but has not been as sharp as usual, having allowed three home runs so far this season after giving up only four all of last year.
There were concerns expressed heading into this season about whether the workload of Kela, Jake Diekman, Shawn Tolleson and Sam Dyson from last year would take a toll this year. Its premature to say that's why Kela is on the d.l., of course, but still...it is worrisome. The question now is whether this is something short-term, or if he could miss significant time.
With Klein, Alex Claudio and Nick Martinez all up, the Rangers now have three guys who can go multiple innings. It remains to be seen whether Luke Jackson or Matt Bush might be called up in the near future.
UPDATE -- Some good news (relatively speaking):
Rangers are completely confident Kela's ligament is not involved or compromised.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) April 21, 2016
Ligament damage, of course, would be a precursor to Tommy John surgery.
Of course, per Jeff Wilson, he could be out until the All Star Break anyway:
#Rangers bracing for Keone Kela to be out until All-Star break. Surgery to remove a bone spur is a strong possibility. UCL is healthy.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) April 21, 2016