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Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Returns to Dodgers
Kelly signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers on Saturday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
The Dodgers declined Kelly's $9.5 million club option earlier in the offseason, but the team will retain the 35-year-old reliever -- likely at a lower salary. Kelly put up a 4.12 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 39.1 innings in 2023, though his numbers significantly improved after being traded to Los Angeles from the White Sox in July (1.74 ERA, 0.87 WHIP in 10.1 innings). It's unlikely Kelly receives many save opportunities given his injury history and the Dodgers' already-strong bullpen, though he could still be used fairly often in high-leverage situations.... See More ... See Less
Joe Kelly: Hitting open market
The Dodgers declined Kelly's $9.5 million club option for 2024 on Sunday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
Kelly was acquired from the White Sox at the trade deadline but appeared in just 11 games for the Dodgers, though he pitched well with a 1.74 ERA and 19:6 K:BB over 10.1 innings. The decision comes with a $1 million buyout, and Los Angeles apparently believes it can better utilize that $8.5 million difference. Kelly's numbers with Chicago prior to the trade were less impressive, leading to a 4.12 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 42 appearances overall.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Rusty in return
Kelly (forearm) gave up two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Padres.
Kelly had some trouble in the seventh inning after relieving starter Ryan Pepiot. Kelly walked the first two batters he faced, and both came around to score later on a Fernando Tatis single. After missing five weeks, a little rust could be expected from Kelly, who was eased into action in a low-leverage assignment. He's posted a 4.15 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 50:17 K:BB through 33.1 innings while picking up a save, 12 holds and six blown saves this season. Evan Phillips and Brusdar Graterol figure to handle most of the save chances down the stretch and into the postseason.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Activated from IL
The Dodgers reinstated Kelly (forearm) from the 15-day injured list Wednesday.
Kelly will return to the Dodgers' bullpen after a month-long stint on the IL with forearm inflammation. The 35-year-old has thrown 3.2 scoreless innings since rejoining the Dodgers in late July, and he could see a handful of high-leverage opportunities before the regular season comes to an end. Kyle Hurt was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Aims to return Wednesday
Manager Dave Roberts said he's hoping Kelly (forearm/elbow) can return Wednesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Kelly is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Friday with Low-A Rancho Cucamonga and will make a couple of appearances before potentially returning to the Dodgers' bullpen. The veteran reliever has been sidelined since Aug. 13 due to elbow and forearm inflammation.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Starting rehab assignment
Kelly (forearm/elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
Kelly has been on the shelf for nearly a month with inflammation in his right forearm and elbow. The hard-throwing reliever is expected back early next week.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: On track for early next week
Kelly (forearm) is on track to be activated from the 15-day injured list early next week, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Kelly has completed multiple successful bullpen sessions since suffering a minor setback in late August and is expected to return to action during the Dodgers' upcoming three-game series against the Padres, which begins Monday. The veteran reliever landed on the injured list Aug. 13 due to right forearm inflammation.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Tosses 20-pitch bullpen
Kelly (forearm) threw about 20 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Kelly reportedly used his entire pitch mix in the session, which is a good indication that he is progressing well in his recovery from forearm inflammation. Per the Associated Press, the veteran reliever touched the mid-90s on his fastball, approaching the upper-90s velocity he's hovered around this season. Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic previously reported that Kelly could face hitters as soon as this coming Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Another throwing session Tuesday
Kelly (forearm) will throw another bullpen session or a simulated game Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
It will come after Kelly got through a 20-pitch bullpen session Friday without issue. He will need a rehab assignment before returning from his right forearm inflammation, but it shouldn't be too much longer if he continues to progress.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Bullpen session, sim game on tap
Kelly (forearm) will throw a bullpen session Friday and progress to a simulated game Tuesday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
Kelly was reportedly battling forearm discomfort during his bullpen session Friday, but he was able to throw another session Tuesday with no issues. The Dodgers will determine Kelly's next steps based on his performance following Tuesday's sim game, and there is still a good chance the veteran reliever is able to return before the end of the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Still feeling arm discomfort
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Kelly is still experiencing forearm discomfort, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Kelly tried to throw a bullpen session Friday and it didn't go well, though Roberts said that the veteran reliever is still expected back at some point this season. He's been on the 15-day injured list since Aug. 13 due to a bout of right forearm inflammation.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Bullpen session on tap
Kelly (forearm) will throw a bullpen session Friday, Matthew Moreno of DodgerBlue.com reports.
Kelly landed on the injured list Sunday due to inflammation in his right forearm and is set to resume throwing off a mound after nearly a week. Kelly will still have to remain out for at least another week following his bullpen session Friday.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Placed on injured list
The Dodgers placed Kelly on the 15-day injured list Sunday with right forearm inflammation.
Sunday marks the third time Kelly has landed on the injured list this season, with his previous trip coming as a result of right elbow inflammation in July. The 35-year-old righty has thrown 3.2 scoreless frames since being traded to the Dodgers and will be eligible to return from the IL on Aug. 25.... See More ... See Less
White Sox's Joe Kelly: Dodgers reunion close
The White Sox are nearing a deal to send Kelly to the Dodgers along with Lance Lynn, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
After putting up a 4.97 ERA and 1.31 WHIP through 29 innings with the White Sox, Kelly seems poised to rejoin the Dodgers' bullpen after one and a half seasons in Chicago. Assuming the deal goes through, Kelly will likely be used primarily in middle relief by Los Angeles.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-1, 174 lbs
|Birthplace: Anaheim, CA
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