Keone Kela rehab outing: Texas Rangers relief pitcher Keone Kela fanned three batters tonight in a one inning rehab outing for the Round Rock Express, as we continue to look for positive things to talk about tonight while ignoring the unpleasant game between Texas and Boston.
Kela, who has been on the disabled list since mid-April after undergoing surgery for bone spurs in his elbow, faced four batters, allowing a single to the one hitter he didn’t strike out. Kela threw 18 pitches, 13 of them for strikes, in his first rehab appearance since going on the d.l.
The Rangers will likely have Kela make a few more rehab appearances, particularly with the All Star Break starting a week from today. Kela should, if things go well, be ready to return to the major league bullpen to start the second half, and will give Jeff Banister another hard-throwing righthander to use in the late innings. Hopefully, the return of Kela will allow Banister to ease the workloads of Matt Bush and Sam Dyson, who are currently the primary righthanded late-inning options.