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.
Kelley left Sunday's game against the Astros after suffering an injury on a warmup pitch, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The nature of Kelley's injury has yet to be revealed, but it's worth noting he received a cortisone shot last week, per Grant. He'll be considered day-to-day until further notice. Jose Leclerc could be in line for more save opportunities if Kelley is forced to miss an extended period of time.
Kelley (4-2) allowed two hits across two shutout innings Sunday, striking out two batters and earning the win over Texas.
Kelley needed a season-high 38 pitches to get through his two scoreless innings Sunday. However, it was a quality bounce-back outing after he yielded two runs in a loss Saturday. The 35-year-old owns a 3.09 ERA with 11 saves this season.
Kelley allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Twins.
The Rangers have not been involved in contests that require a traditional closer of late, so Kelley pitched for the first time in nine days. Although he threw 17 of his 22 pitches for strikes, the lack of use showed in his missed location, resulting in three consecutive hard-hit balls.
Kelley picked up the save against the Tigers on Thursday, working around a pair of hits to record a scoreless ninth inning and close out a 3-1 victory for the Rangers. He struck out three and walked none.
It wasn't an entirely smooth effort as Kelley allowed a couple of base hits, but he bounced back to strike out the side and pick up his 11th save of the season. The 35-year-old right-hander has blown four saves since taking over as the closer, but his overall numbers for the season are solid, as he's got a 2.79 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 28:5 K:BB over 29 innings.
Kelley allowed one hit over 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out one and earning the save over the White Sox.
It was Kelley's first time recording more than three outs in one appearance since April 20, before he was the team's main closer. He moves to 10-for-14 in save chances this season. Kelley doesn't exactly have a tight grip on the closing job in Texas, but overall, he's getting the job done.
Kelley allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout while recording his ninth save during the ninth inning against the Indians on Thursday.
The right-hander has allowed three runs in his last five outings, two of which have come off solo homers like Thursday's. During this stretch, Kelley has blown two saves, but the three-run lead helped prevent that from happening against the Indians. Kelley is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 25.2 innings this season. He is also 9-for-13 in save opportunities.
Kelley pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save Saturday at Cincinnati. He did not record a strikeout.
Kelley needed only 11 pitches to put down the Reds in order, which is a good rebound effort after blowing the save in his last outing Monday. The 35-year-old has blown three of his last six save opportunities but overall has a 2.55 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 20:5 K:BB in 24.2 innings this year.
Kelley allowed a run on four hits and blew his fourth save in Monday's 4-3 extra-innings win over Boston.
The Rangers plated two in the top of the ninth off Boston's Matt Barnes to take a lead, putting Kelley in position for the save. However, he blew his third save in the last five chances and needed a quirky double play along with a baserunning blunder to avoid losing it in the ninth. Chris Martin later came on to save the game in the 11th inning.
Kelley worked around a walk with one strikeout in a scoreless inning to earn his seventh save of the season Thursday against the Orioles.
A night after blowing the save in Texas' 12-inning victory, Kelley was able to convert his opportunity to lock up a one-run game. He worked up to 20 pitches, but he never appeared to be in serious trouble as he lowered his ERA to 2.38. Jose Leclerc still looms, but Kelley seems likely to continue seeing save opportunities for now.
Kelley was charged with a blown save Wednesday against the Orioles, allowing a hit and a walk while recording two strikeouts.
Kelley was called upon in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead, but he failed to do so after surrendering a solo home run to Richie Martin. While the Rangers ultimately rebounded to earn the win, Kelley has now blown two of his last three save chances. He'd put together three scoreless outings since his last blown save prior to Wednesday's effort, but only one came in a save situation. Jose Leclerc continues to pitch well -- he added two scoreless frames Wednesday -- putting some pressure on Kelley to quickly turn around his performance in order to remain the team's closer.
Kelley allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one in the ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Mariners.
Kelley allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base but rebounded to record a strikeout and double play to close the game. He now has six saves on the season, with manager Chris Woodward notably turning to Kelley in the save situation after he blew a 2-1 lead in Saturday's action against the Angels. Kelley has now recorded each of the team's last four saves, so the closer role appears to be his for the time being.
Kelley (3-1) allowed two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning to take the loss against the Angels on Saturday.
Kelley had converted saves three times in the last four days, but he was unable to protect a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth. It's the second blown save of the season for Kelley, who now has a 2.55 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 18 appearances. Kelley's heavy workload this week may lead to save chances for Jose Leclerc or Chris Martin in the near future.
Kelley picked up the save against the Angels on Friday, allowing one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning.
Kelley got it done once again, keeping the Angels quiet to pick up his fifth save of the season. The right-hander, who has stepped in while Jose Leclerc has worked on his mechanics, has a 1.59 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in 17 innings.
Kelley earned his fourth save Wednesday, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out two over one inning in a 2-1 win over the Mariners.
Kelley made it interesting, putting two men on with one out before striking out the final two batters and nailing down his second save in as many games. Jose Leclerc, the closer Kelley replaced, has pitched well of late, striking out 16 and walking four with one run allowed over his last nine innings. Kelley's time as the primary closer could end soon.
Kelley gave up one run on one hit in the ninth inning Tuesday to record his third save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Mariners.
Omar Narvaez did his best to spoil Kelley's return from the IL with a solo homer, but the right-hander was still able to get the job done. Jose Leclerc worked a scoreless eighth inning in front of Kelley, however, and it seems only a matter of time until they switch roles again and Leclerc reclaims closer duties.
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