Rookie reliever Keone Kela will be shut down at least through the weekend after experiencing discomfort Wednesday in his elbow.
The right-hander wasn’t with the club Friday for the opener of a three-game series at Angel Stadium after traveling to Arlington on the Thursday off day for an MRI exam. His absence was felt in the seventh inning, when rookie Luke Jackson was used in a one-run game and surrendered two runs in a 5-2 loss.
The results showed no structural damage, but the Rangers won’t take any chances with Kela.
“We’re going to let it calm down,” manager Jeff Banister said. “We wanted to make sure we had this one right.”
Banister said that the Rangers were considering their options, including the promotion of righty Tanner Scheppers, but felt confident that they could get by with the expanded bullpen already in place.
“We feel like we’re very capable of covering the innings where Keone could throw,” Banister said.
Kela has appeared in 60 games this season, but has seen his workload shrink after the acquisitions of Sam Dyson and Jake Diekman.