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Keone Kela will undergo elbow surgery

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Update (11:08 PM EST): Kela will, in fact, undergo elbow surgery, per Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest.

The Rangers placed reliever Keone Kela on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow impingement, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Grant adds that Kela likely needs surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow, which would keep the right-hander out for about 12 weeks.

Kela was hampered by elbow injuries towards the end of the 2015 season as well, but he said in January that he was fully recovered. He has had a rough start to the season, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks with 12 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. That includes Tuesday’s outing when he allowed solo home runs to the Astros’ Jose Altuve and George Springer in two-thirds of an inning.

Kela was a critical component of the Rangers’ bullpen last year behind closer Shawn Tolleson. He finished with a 2.39 ERA and a 68/18 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings.

Adrian Beltre cleared for extended spring training

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Adrian Beltre has been on the disabled list all year because of nagging right calf strain, but he’s about to take a big step toward getting back to action.

Beltre has been cleared to begin playing in extended spring training games. He’ll commence them tomorrow at the Rangers facility in Surprise, Arizona. After three games the team’s doctors will reevaluate him. If things go well, he’ll likely be sent off for a full minor league rehab assignment.

Joey Gallo has filled in for Beltre all season, bringing a lot of power but not much else to the table. While Beltre is 38, his all-around game would be welcomed back on the field and his leadership would be welcomed back in the Rangers clubhouse. On a personal note, Beltre is only 58 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

Barring a setback, he’ll be back with the big club in early June and will hit the milestone eventually.

Michael Bourn opts out of his minor league deal with the Orioles

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Outfielder Michael Bourn was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Orioles late last season and hit a solid .283/.358/.435 in 55 plate appearances with them through the end of the season. While that’s not enough to outweigh the miserable season he had in Arizona, it was enough to get the O’s to give him a look in spring training with a minor league deal. They signed him to one in late February.

Then, a couple of days later, Bourn broke his finger while playing catch with a football. Unable to play, the O’s cut him. In early April, once Bourn healed, the O’s signed him again. He played 11 games for their Triple-A affiliate and went 9-for-41 with ten walks in 51 plate appearances. While that makes for a decent OBP, his lack of any sort of pop or good contact suggests that if someone throws him strikes, he can’t do much with the ball.

As such, the O’s had not called him up to Baltimore. And as a result of that, Bourn exercised his opt-out rights and became a free agent.

Someone may take a look at him given that his batting eye seems to be intact and given that, in an admittedly small sample size, he still performed last season. But if he does get a look, it’ll likely be back at the minor league level.