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Volatile 2019 behind him, Pirates' Kela embracing new role

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Keone Kela spent most of 2019 angry. At losing. At his role in the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen. At the team's coaching and support staffs for what he felt was preferential treatment they gave to some players but not others.

While Kela insists that anger did not affect him when he stepped onto the mound, it ate at him nearly everywhere else. He'd been "raised" to be a closer by the Texas Rangers. Yet when arrived in Pittsburgh at the trade deadline in 2018, he found himself "shuffled" to the setup role. The competitor in him found it difficult to handle.

"It definitely had me take a step back," Kela said. "It was kind of a reality check like, 'Don't get it twisted, dude, this is a business.' That was something that definitely struck a chord and that was a big reason, last year, selfishly I didn't come in with the proper mindset."

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Leaders
AVG: B. Reynolds.314
HR: J. Bell37
RBI: J. Bell116
SB: S. Marte25
W: J. Musgrove11
ERA: J. Musgrove4.44
Saves: F. Vázquez28
K: J. Musgrove157
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 00.000-
Cincinnati 00.000-
Milwaukee 00.000-
Pittsburgh 00.000-
St. Louis 00.000-
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .265 (6)
Runs: 758 (21)
Hits: 1497 (5)
Home Runs: 163 (27)
Stolen Bases: 64 (19)
OBP: .321 (18)
SLG: .420 (22)
Total Bases: 2377 (17)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 5.18 (26)
Runs Allowed: 911 (27)
Saves: 31 (27)
Strikeouts: 1443 (14)
OpBA: .268 (25)
OBP: .343 (28)
SLG: .470 (27)
Run Support: 4.74 (20)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/19 P. Reyes Suspension Announced By League (80 games for violating MLB drug program)
2/13 J. Dyson Signed as Free Agent ( 2020)(one-year contract)
2/13 J. Taillon Placed on 60-Day IL (Recovery from right elbow surgery)
2/3 J. Riddle Signed as Free Agent ( 2020)(one-year contract)
1/31 D. Holland Signed to a Minor League Contract
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Injuries
Date Player Status
2/23 C. Archer Neck tightness (day-to-day)
2/13 J. Taillon Recovery from right elbow surgery (on 60-day IL)
1/28 N. Burdi Recovery from right biceps surgery (day-to-day)
9/13 K. Crick Right index finger surgery (60-day IL)
9/8 J. Martin Dislocated left shoulder (60-day IL)
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