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Rangers place closer Ian Kennedy on IL with left hamstring strain

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers

Jun 4, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Ian Kennedy (31) throws in during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers closer Ian Kennedy was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a mild left hamstring strain.

Kennedy’s last appearance was in 30-pitch outing at home against Tampa Bay, when he got his 12th save of the season. It was the right-hander’s first save opportunity in two weeks.

The Rangers brought right-hander Spencer Patton up for Triple-A Round Rock before their home game against San Francisco.

When Kennedy didn’t pitch with the Rangers leading in the eighth inning, manager Chris Woodward said afterward that the closer wasn’t available because of the hamstring issue that had been bothering him for a few days.

Kennedy has a 2.53 ERA in 21 relief appearances, going 12 of 13 in save opportunities. He is eligible to return June 16, because the IL move was retroactive to Sunday, and Woodward said that he anticipates the 36-year-old reliever being ready then.