Kelley's club option for 2020 was declined by the Rangers on Thursday, making him a free agent, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. The 35-year-old previously said he would retire if the team declined his option for next season after posting a 4.94 ERA with a 43:11 K:BB over 47.1 innings pitched in 2019. If Kelley does call it a career, he'll finish with a 3.80 ERA and 521 strikeouts over 11 seasons.
Kelly (groin) allowed three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one over one inning in Friday's 14-7 loss to the Yankees. Kelly made his first appearance since exiting a game against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Kelley left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with right groin tightness. He gave up one run on one hit and two walks while recording two outs prior to exiting. Kelley should be day-to-day going forward and may not pitch again this season.
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.
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.
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