Kelley allowed two runs on two hits in one inning during Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays. Kelley gave up back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning. That, coupled with the Rangers' cold bats, sealed the deal for Toronto. Kelley, the Rangers' one-time closer, has moved back to a setup role since coming off the injured list but has not performed well. In three outings since his return from a biceps injury, the right-handed reliever has ceded five runs on six hits and two walks.
The Rangers activated Kelley (biceps) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Indians. Before he was forced to the IL on July 22 with biceps soreness, Kelley had acted as the Rangers' primary closer, nabbing 11 saves in 15 chances to go with a 3.00 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Though Kelley is healthy again, he'll be relegated to a setup role with the non-contending Rangers prepared to stick with Jose Leclerc as their top ninth-inning option. Leclerc has endured a rough 2019 campaign, but he seems to have recaptured the trust of the Rangers' brass by compiling a 3.60 ERA while notching two saves over his 12 appearances since the All-Star break. The four-year extension Leclerc inked in March should also enhance his job security, making it unlikely Kelley regains the closing gig barring an injury to Leclerc or a major collapse on the latter's part.
Kelley (biceps) will pitch in a setup role when he returns from the injured list, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Kelley had recorded 11 saves, a 3.00 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP when he landed on the injured list in late July. Since then, Jose Leclerc, who started the season as the Rangers' closer, has moved back into the role, and he's pitched well enough to keep it. Leclerc's had his ups and downs this year, so there's certainly a chance Kelley finds himself back in the ninth-inning role before the season ends.
Kelley was placed on the 10-day injured list with right biceps muscle soreness Monday. Kelley suffered the injury while warming up during Sunday's game against the Astros, and while an MRI showed no acute injury, the veteran reliever will still be forced to miss at least 10 days due to the injury. Rafael Montero was promoted in a corresponding move. The Rangers have yet to announce who will temporarily replace Kelley as the team's closer, though Jose Leclerc and Chris Martin are both possible options.
The injury Kelley suffered while warming up during the eighth inning of Sunday's game is described as soreness in his right biceps tendon, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports. Kelley returned to the dugout without throwing a pitch and will undergo further evaluation. "We're going to find out more about that," Woodward said. "He's going to get an MRI hopefully soon. I have my fingers crossed that it's not as bad as we think." If he misses significant time, the Rangers will need to identify a new closer.