Minneapolis, Minn. - The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has recalled right-handed pitcher Keone Kela (pronounced key-oh-nee KELL-uh) from Double-A Frisco and optioned right-handed pitcher Luke Jackson to Triple-A Round Rock. Kela (#50) will be in uniform and available for tonight's series opener against the Twins.
Kela, 22, pitched 2.0 scoreless innings over 2 appearances with Frisco after being optioned on August 1. His last outing was Saturday vs. San Antonio (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 8 pitches/7 strikes). He has gone 5-5 with a 3.30 ERA (16 ER/43.2 IP) over 49 relief appearances for the Rangers this season in his first major league action. He has recorded 47 strikeouts and issued 14 walks. His last appearance for Texas was on July 30 vs. New York-AL.
Kela's 49 appearances are tied with Shawn Tolleson for the team lead, T12th-most in the American League, and his 43.2 relief innings rank 3rd among Rangers. His team-high 5 relief wins rank T4th in the A.L.
Jackson was recalled from Round Rock on Thursday. He did not appear in the club's series in Seattle during his first stint on an active major league roster. Jackson has gone 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA (27 ER/60.0 IP) over 33 games/5 starts at Triple-A this season.
The Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.