The Rangers made a series of bullpen moves Monday, placing closer Sam Dyson on the 10-day disabled list with a hand contusion and recalling Keone Kela from Triple-A.
Dyson’s injury appears to be of the phantom variety, as the 28-year old has allowed 13 earned runs on 14 hits in 4.1 innings with the Rangers so far this season. His struggles have come as a shock after he turned heads with a scoreless performance in six World Baseball Classic innings, causing Texas to make an early move to rest Dyson for at least ten days.
Kela, 24, is considered one of the most high-ceiling arms in the Rangers’ system, though some clubhouse issues during spring training led him to be demoted to Triple-A. Though exact specifics of what happened are not fully known, Kela reportedly gave minimum effort during a B-game toward the end of spring training and got into heated arguments with teammates, leading to general manager Jon Daniels deciding that he would not break camp with the team.
Kela re-joins the major-league bullpen in place of Dyson, though Matt Bush will immediately take over as the club’s closer. Bush, 31, owns a 3.86 ERA and eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings this season.