Rangers activate RHP Keone Kela from 60-day DL; place LHP Jake Diekman on 15-day DL
The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has reinstated right-handed pitcher Keone Kela from the 60-day disabled list. He will be available for today's series opener against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
To make room on the active roster for Kela, the club has placed left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, with a lacerated left index finger. To clear a spot for Kela on the 40-man roster, the team has transferred left-handed pitcher Derek Holland from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
Kela was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 21, retroactive to April 20, and had surgery to remove a bone spur on his right elbow performed by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister on April 22. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on April 25. Kela has made 4 relief appearances on injury rehabilitation assignment with Round Rock (AAA) and Frisco (AA), posting 4.0 shutout innings with no walks and 7 strikeouts. He pitched in back-to-back games with Frisco on Saturday and Sunday against Northwest Arkansas. Kela went 1-0 with a 7.11 ERA (5 ER/6.1 IP) in 7 games for the Rangers this season before going on the disabled list.
Diekman last pitched on July 5 at Boston, and would be eligible to return from the disabled list on July 21. He has gone 1-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 39 relief appearances for Texas this season and ranks among American League relief leaders in holds (3rd, 19) and opponents average (5th, .165).
Holland was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 21, with left shoulder inflammation. He has a 5-5 record with a 5.20 ERA (42 ER/72.2 IP) in 14 games/starts for the Rangers this season. The first date he would be eligible to return is August 20.
The Rangers' major league roster remains at the 40-player limit.