Keone Kela


Padres' Keone Kela: Shifts to 60-day IL

The Padres transferred Kela (elbow) to the 60-day injured list Sunday. The transaction opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for outfielder Wil Myers, who was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list in a corresponding move. Kela has already been ruled out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, so his move to the 60-day IL won't have any bearing on his timeline to rejoin the Padres.

Keone Kela has Tommy John surgery

San Diego Padres relief pitcher Keone Kela underwent Tommy John surgery yesterday to repair the damaged UCL in his right elbow, per multiple reports. He will now be out until at least the middle of the 2022 season. Kela, 28, was originally a 12th round draft pick of the Texas...
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Keone Kela undergoes Tommy John surgery

Padres right-handed reliever Keone Kela underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, AJ Cassavell of tweets. Kela will miss the rest of this season and a sizable portion of 2022 as a result. However, because he underwent a TJ procedure, Kela will have an $800K club option for next year kick in.

Padres' Keone Kela: Will seek second opinion

Kela will travel to Texas on Monday to receive a second opinion on his injured right arm, the Associated Press reports. Kela went on the 10-day injured list May 8 due to what was deemed a strained right forearm. He doesn't appear to be anywhere close to making a return, and the decision to seek a second opinion on the injury makes for an ominous outlook. Manager Jayce Tingler stated Sunday that the team will provide an update on Kela following the results of the second opinion, per 97.3 The Fan.

Padres' Keone Kela: Managing forearm tightness

Kela exited Friday's game against the Giants due to forearm tightness, AJ Cassavell of reports. Kela faced just one batter and gave up a solo home run prior to his removal Friday. Whether the right-hander will require a trip to the injured list remains to be seen.

Padres' Keone Kela: Lands on injured list

Kela was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right forearm Saturday. Forearm issues are sometimes the first sign of a very serious injury for a pitcher, but it's not yet clear if that's the case for Kela. He'll be unavailable for at least 10 days, with Miguel Diaz getting called up to join the bullpen in a corresponding move.

Padres place RHPs Dinelson Lamet, Keone Kela on 10-day IL

The San Diego Padres on Thursday placed right-handed starter Dinelson Lamet and right-handed reliever Keone Kela on the 10-day injured list. Lamet has forearm inflammation, and Kela has shoulder inflammation. To take their places on the active roster, relievers Nick Ramirez and Nabil Crismatt have been recalled from the alternate site.

Padres' Keone Kela: Headed to injured list

Kela was placed on the injured list Thursday with right shoulder tightness, AJ Cassavell of reports. Kela was roughed up on Wednesday night, as he allowed three earned runs and coughed up two home runs. This injury may well have been the cause, as he had pitched to a 1.17 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with an 11:2 K:BB across 7.2 innings prior to that appearance. Though no timeline has been given, there's a strong chance that Kela will be out beyond the minimum 10 days, as he battled shoulder injuries in both 2017 and 2019 and has also suffered from elbow trouble throughout his career.

Padres' Keone Kela: Struggles in relief

Kela (2-1) allowed three earned runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one in an inning of relief Wednesday against the Brewers. He took the loss. Kela did not have his command today. He left the ball over the plate, resulting in a pair of sixth inning home runs by Omar Narvaez and Jace Peterson. He blew the 2-1 lead and took his first loss of the season. The reliever's ERA went from 1.17 to 4.15 after Wednesday's performance.

Padres' Keone Kela: Earns win in relief

Kela (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning on one hit while striking out one, receiving the win Sunday over the Dodgers. After 5.2 scoreless innings to start the season, Kela blew the lead against the Dodgers in his previous appearance Friday. He was able to return to dominance Sunday by earning the win and lowering his ERA to 1.17. In addition, Kela has recorded at least one strikeout in all of his eight relief appearances. The 28-year-old isn't currently in line for save chances, but he is proving to be a solid option should any future opportunities arise.

Padres' Keone Kela: Earns win Tuesday

Kela (1-0) struck out two batters during a 1-2-3 seventh inning as he picked up his first win if the season against the Giants on Tuesday night. Kela entered the game in the seventh after six strong innings from Yu Darvish and quickly retired the side on 16 pitches. The 28-year-old was able to notch his first win of the new campaign after Victor Caratini hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning to give the Padres a 3-1 lead. Kela has gotten off to a good start as he's struck out five while allowing just one hit over three shutout innings.

Padres' Keone Kela: Available in relief Saturday

Kela (forearm) is scheduled to pitch as a reliever in Saturday's spring game against the Dodgers, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Kela dealt with forearm tightness over the final month of the 2020 season, but he'll make his spring debut with his new club Saturday. Barring any setbacks, the right-hander will presumably be able to build up in time for Opening Day.