Rangers closer Kelley (biceps) placed on IL

Field Level Media

July 22, 2019 at 11:32 pm.

The Texas Rangers put closer Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list Monday with a sore right biceps.

The 35-year-old right-hander is 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 11 saves in 15 chances across 32 appearances this season.

Kelley left Sunday’s 5-3 loss in Houston after throwing warmup pitches in the bottom of the eighth inning. An MRI that night revealed no acute injury, according to the team.

Kelley had not pitched since July 12. This is his second stint on the IL, as he was out from May 6-21 after surgery to remove two lumps from his throat.

The Rangers called up right-hander Rafael Montero from Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move and designated outfielder Carlos Tocci for assignment.

Montero, 28, who pitched in 58 games for the New York Mets over parts of four seasons, last appeared in a major league game on Oct. 1, 2017 at Philadelphia. He is 6-16 with a 5.38 ERA in the majors.

Tocci, 23, has batted .246 with four homers and 31 RBIs in 87 games this season at Nashville.