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San Diego Padres pitcher Keone Kela undergoes Tommy John surgery

May 7, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Keone Kela (27) is relieved due to injury during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres right-hander Keone Kela underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Kela figures to be sidelined until the middle of the 2022 season if his rehab program stays on schedule.

The 28-year-old reliever last pitched in a game for the Padres on May 7 when he departed with an arm issue after six pitches. He was placed on the injured list the following day with a forearm strain.

Kela is in his first season with San Diego. He went 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 12 appearances.

Kela made just three appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020 due to forearm issues.

Overall, he is 23-13 with 28 saves and a 3.33 ERA in 243 career relief appearances with the Texas Rangers (2015-18), Pirates (2018-20) and Padres.

–Field Level Media