The Texas Rangers have recalled righthanded reliever Keone Kela from AAA Round Rock. To make room for Kela on the 25 man roster, the Rangers have placed Sam Dyson on the 10 day disabled list.
This isn’t a surprise, and was one of the possibilities we discussed earlier today in regards to the pen. The 24 year old Kela (he turned 24 yesterday) was a dominant presence in the Rangers’ bullpen in 2015, but was on the shelf much of last season due to elbow surgery, and was often ineffective when he was on the roster.
Kela was a surprising demotion late in camp, with the Rangers saying at the time it was not performance-related. Stories later surfaced that Kela acted inappropriately during a B game at the end of camp, and then didn’t react appropriately when veteran teammates addressed the issue with him. The demotion was apparently disciplinary in nature.
It is my understanding Kela will not get credit for a full year of service time, even if he stays up the rest of the season. As a result, the Rangers will potentially have an extra year of team control before he hits free agency. UPDATE — It appears that Kela does, in fact, get credit for a full year of service time if he is up all season.
Kela will get a chance to be a late-inning power arm for the Rangers, while Dyson goes to the d.l., and then likely to Frisco or Round Rock on a rehab assignment, to work on straightening out whatever has de-railed his season. Dyson has had four 9th inning meltdowns this year, three of which blew leads, including yesterday’s walkoff loss to Seattle.