When Keone Kela was sent down to Triple-A Round Rock at the end of July, he was done so with the expectation that he wouldn't pitch for a good while despite the fact he was completely healthy.
Now, the 22-year-old fireballing reliever is back with the Rangers after he was recalled on Tuesday afternoon as the Rangers sent young righty reliever Luke Jackson back to Round Rock without actually making his big-league debut.
Kela led all rookie pitchers in appearances with 49 when he was sent down, and his performance had begun to suffer seemingly due to the fact he was simply overworked. He went from being one of a few trusted pieces to a much maligned bullpen to being another castoff with Shawn Tolleson being the only trusted hand.
That's changed since Kela was sent down, thanks to acquisitions of Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson as well as some rejuvenation from Spencer Patton and the rollercoaster ride that is a Sam Freeman appearance.
Now, Kela has been resting down on the farm and the Rangers hope he can come back and be dominant to add more depth to an improved bullpen for a possible postseason chase in the final month and a half of the season.
Through his 49 games, Kela has thrown 43 2/3 innings with a 3.30 ERA. He's struck out 47 batters and walked 14 in that time.