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 Posted: Sun Apr 2nd, 2017 01:33 am
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Texas Rangers reliever Keone Kela was surprisingly optioned to Triple-A on Friday, a move that appears to have stemmed from an incident in a minor-league spring game.

Kela was demoted by the club thanks to his on-field conduct Wednesday during a "B" game, an unofficial spring contest, sources told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Exactly what happened on the field remains unconfirmed, but it was enough to apparently anger several of the Rangers' veterans. Kela and his upset teammates then reportedly got into some "heated discussions" afterward, according to Rosenthal.

Whatever the incident was, however, it doesn't seem to have soured the Rangers on Kela long term. The demotion looks to be only a short-term disciplinary matter, and sources told Rosenthal that general manager Jon Daniels has no plans to trade the 23-year-old.

"(The incident) doesn't change how we feel about him, short, medium, and long term," Daniels said on Friday, according to Rosenthal. "I have a lot of faith in him as a pitcher and a young man, and hopefully he'll be back with us at some point going forward."

Kela had an impressive rookie season in 2015, emerging as a key cog in the Rangers' bullpen with a 2.39 ERA while averaging over 10 strikeouts per nine innings in 68 appearances. Elbow issues cost him three months of 2016, however, and he finished the year with an inflated 6.09 ERA in just 34 innings.