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35 Keone Kela RP

Pittsburgh Pirates

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August 14, 2020 01:08 AM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Activated from IL
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Kela (undisclosed) was activated from the injured list Thursday, Adam Berry of reports.

As expected, Kela has been cleared to rejoin the Pirates after a positive COVID-19 test set him back to start the season. With Nick Burdi (elbow) out for the season, Kela should step in as the team's unquestioned closer. Miguel Del Pozo was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

August 12, 2020 02:24 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Will return Thursday
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Kela (illness) will be activated from the injured list ahead of the Pirates' upcoming series in Cincinnati, which begins Thursday, Adam Berry of reports.

A positive COVID-19 test wiped out the entirety of Kela's summer camp, but he's been cleared to work out for the past 10 days and is now ready to play. He should be the team's unquestioned closer after potential challenger Nick Burdi was ruled out for the year with an elbow injury, though just how many saves are available for a team which has won just three games thus far this season remains to be seen.

August 12, 2020 05:20 AM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Another step closer to return
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The Pirates are expected to update the return timetable for Kela (COVID) on Wednesday, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Kela threw an 18-pitch, live batting practice Tuesday. Depending on how he feels Wednesday, the right-hander could slot back into the closer role as soon as Thursday. With the trade deadline less than three weeks away, there's a good chance Kela is traded, provided he proves his health in the interim.

August 9, 2020 01:32 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Not expected back Monday or Tuesday
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Kela (COVID-19) is scheduled to throw another live bullpen session in the next couple days, general manager Ben Cherington told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Speaking on his weekly radio show, Cherington said the team is waiting to see how the right-hander responds to the live bullpen session he thew Saturday. The general manager added that he wants to make sure Kela is in a "good spot" before bringing him back. Despite the urgent need for an arm in Pittsburgh's bullpen, it doesn't sound as though Kela will be back until the second half of the week, at the earliest. Adding to the uncertainty is whether or not the Pirates' next opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals, will even be permitted to play in the coming days.

August 4, 2020 08:24 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Will retain closing gig
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Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Monday that Kela (COVID-19) would serve as the team's closer upon returning from the injured list, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

The Pirates named Kela as their closer prior to spring training, but he was forced to the IL to begin the season after a positive COVID-19 test delayed his arrival to summer camp. Though Kela has since cleared all health-related protocols and is in the process of building up his arm for game action, the Pirates have yet to pinpoint a target date for his return. Fortunately for Kela, the Pirates' 2-9 start to the season has left the team's other late-inning relief options with few opportunities to test their mettle in save situations, so the 27-year-old should have a decent amount of leash at closer once activated.

August 2, 2020 01:56 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Not expected back Monday or Tuesday
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Kela (illness) will not be activated for at least a few days, general manager Ben Cherington told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Speaking on his Sunday radio show, Cherington noted that the reliever is currently throwing with a number of rehabbing pitchers at PNC Park. Kela will need to throw off the mound multiple times and face live hitters, showing game shape prior to activation. Nick Burdi will likely continue to serve as the team's closer in Kela's stead.

August 2, 2020 06:20 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Cleared for workouts
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Kela cleared the league's COVID-19 protocols and is working out at the team facility Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

The 26-year-old missed the entirety of summer camp due to COVID-19, but he's now cleared to join the team. Kela figures to require some time before reaching game readiness, but he could still step into the closer's role once he's fully stretched out.

July 17, 2020 02:40 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Moves to injured list
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Kela (undisclosed) was placed on the injured list Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

The 27-year-old has yet to report to summer training for unspecified reasons, and it seems increasingly unlikely he'll be ready for the start of the season with Opening Day one week away. Kela was expected to operate as the team's closer, and manager Derek Shelton plans to utilize a matchup-based approach in his absence, per Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic. Kyle Crick, Richard Rodriguez and Nick Burdi are potential ninth-inning options, while Kela has no official timeline for his return.

July 8, 2020 09:28 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Not yet in camp
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Manager Derek Shelton said Wednesday that Kela has yet to see the field at Pirates' summer training for unspecified reasons, Adam Berry of reports.

The 27-year-old is expected to open the season as the team's closer, but he's been absent for the early stages of camp. The lack of explanation could mean his absence is related to the COVID-19 pandemic, since teams aren't legally permitted to discuss related matters without a player's permission. It's unclear when Kela will be able to join his teammates, but his availability for the start of the season could come into question with just over two weeks until Opening Day.

March 31, 2020 10:52 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Opportunity knocks as closer
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Kela, who was named Pittsburgh's closer prior to spring training, allowed four runs in five innings over five games of Grapefruit League action.

Kela will be looking to collect saves the way he did for Texas in 2018, when he compiled 24 saves. Due to injuries and suspensions, the 26-year-old pitched only 29.2 innings in 2019. With Pittsburgh looking to rebuild, the organization could seek to trade the impending free agent. As a result, Kela owners may want to keep Kyle Crick on speed dial in the event Kela gets hurt or dealt.

February 28, 2020 04:52 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Knocked around by Orioles
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Kela allowed three runs on three hits in one inning Thursday. He threw one wild pitch while striking out one batter.

All three hits -- two doubles and a homer -- went for extra bases. Provided he's able to make it through spring training without any issues, however, he's pretty much assured of heading into the season as Pittsburgh's closer. Kela totaled only 29.2 innings in 2019 due to injuries and suspensions.

February 24, 2020 09:24 AM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Zips through Detroit lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kela struck out the side in a scoreless outing against the Tigers on Sunday. He walked one batter.

Manager Derek Shelton named Kela the team's closer last week. The righty saved 24 of 26 games in Texas in 2018 and could provide a cheap source of saves with Pittsburgh. If he does well, however, then there's a chance the rebuilding organization could cash in its Kela chips and move him during the summer.

February 20, 2020 11:48 AM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Overcomes virus
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Kela (illness) is scheduled to face hitters Thursday in a live batting practice session, Adam Berry of reports.

Kela missed a couple days of camp earlier this week after coming down with a viral infection, but his inclusion on the Pirates' list of scheduled pitchers for Thursday suggests he's moved past the ailment. The right-hander, who was named the Pirates' closer last week, should be ready to make his Grapefruit League debut within the next couple of days.

February 18, 2020 12:48 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Battling illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kela didn't throw Tuesday due to a viral infection, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

There hasn't been any indication that the issue will significantly impact Kela's preparation for the upcoming season. The righty was officially confirmed as the Pirates' closer at the start of camp.

February 13, 2020 11:44 AM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Confirmed as closer
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Manager Derek Shelton named Kela as the Pirates' closer Wednesday, Adam Berry of reports.

There's quite a shortage of established relievers in the Pirates' bullpen, so the 26-year-old Kela, he of the 28 career saves, looks like a proven veteran by comparison. Character concerns and injuries are much bigger questions than talent for the righty. A shoulder injury limited him to 29.2 innings last season, but he posted a 2.12 ERA and a 27.7 percent strikeout rate when available. There aren't any obvious threats to Kela's job, making him as safe an investment as an injury-prone pitcher can be, though the Pirates' poor projected record and presumed lack of save chances give him a fairly low ceiling.

January 10, 2020 04:24 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Gets close to $4 million
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kela agreed to a one-year, $3.725 million deal with the Pirates, avoiding arbitration, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

This is Kela's third and final year as an arbitration-eligible player before he hits the open market. He has a career 3.23 ERA and 1.11 WHIP but has logged over 40 innings just twice in five big-league seasons.

September 26, 2019 01:20 AM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Records first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kela allowed one walk but no other baserunners during the ninth in his first save of the season in a 4-2 victory against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Felipe Vazquez has been on the restricted list for more than a week, but this was the Pirates' first save opportunity since losing their All-Star closer. It was indeed Kela coming in as Pittsburgh's closer Wednesday, and he nailed down his first save since joining the Pirates last July. Kela owns a 2.20 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 32 strikeouts in 28.2 innings this season and will be first in line for any additional save chances over the final four days of the regular season.

September 25, 2019 03:48 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Will close games out
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General manager Neal Huntington confirmed that Kela will serve as the team's closer for the rest of 2019, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Pittsburgh won its first game since placing Felipe Vazquez on the restricted list on Monday. Kela pitched a clean ninth inning following Richard Rodriguez's scoreless eighth. Pittsburgh closes the season with five straight home games, including three against Cincinnati. The Pirates have won 15 of 17 contests against the Reds at PNC Park since the beginning of 2018.

September 18, 2019 01:44 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: In line for saves?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kela may see save opportunities with Felipe Vazquez (restricted list) out.

Kela notched 24 saves for the Rangers in 2018 before serving as Vazquez's setup man following his trade to Pittsburgh. He's allowed one run in his last 19 innings, recording one win and four holds. While Kela is a top candidate for saves, Richard Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano and Michael Feliz may also figure in the late-inning mix.

September 13, 2019 02:00 PM
Pirates' Keone Kela: Shuts door on Giants
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Kela struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless inning against the Giants on Thursday.

Kela has allowed one earned run in his last 19 innings, compiling a 23:5 K:BB. That streak extends back into April, as the reliever has missed significant time due health concerns and a suspension. Kela did pitch both Wednesday and Thursday, marking the first time he's thrown on back-to-back days since April 4-5. While his stock has dropped in 2019, his stuff suggests he could move back into a high-leverage role next season.

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vs Cincinnati 6.100 2.840210
vs LHB 11.000 1.64088
vs RHB 18.200 2.410325
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