Keone Kela’s Journey Lead Him Back To Pirates Bullpen

Closer Ready To Make His Season Debut

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Some welcomed relief for the Pirates injury-riddled and overworked pitching staff.

Keone Kela, the team’s closer, was activated from the injured list and will be available for Thursday’s game in Cincinnati, according to manager Derek Shelton.

Kela hasn’t pitched this season after testing positive for COVID-19 on intake.

He feels he’s ready to help the team.

“I’m very excited,” Kela said Wednesday. "It’s been a long time waiting, going through that quarantine process.

"It feels good to be back in the clubhouse, ready to rock and roll with the guys."

Kela wasn’t permitted to train at PNC Park, so he took a bucket of balls and a net and worked out at various spots in the area, including the Pittsburgh Zoo.

"I was low-key, man," Kela said. "I was trying to snoop around to find different parks.

"If I saw that there was anybody around, running or anything, I just tried to stay away."

Kela rejoins a team with a 3-13 record.

How long he remains a Pirate remains to be seen.

He’ll be a free agent after the season, and trade deadline is August 31.

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