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.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.