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.
Kela underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Kela suffered a forearm injury May 8 and recently had a second opinion that recommended surgery. The right-hander will now miss the remainder of the season and will likely be sidelined to begin the 2022 campaign. Kela only made three relief appearances in 2020 due to a forearm injury and made 12 appearances for the Padres in 2021. The 28-year-old was playing on an expiring deal, but he'll be on the books for 2022 and earn a salary of $800,000 after his option vested due to the injury, according to Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune.
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.
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.
Kela exited Friday's game against the Giants due to forearm tightness, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com 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.
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