Shawn Kelley endured a disastrous 2017 season, putting up a 7.27 ERA in 26 innings in a season derailed by three trips to the disabled list. His 8.62 FIP suggests his ERA could have been even worse, as he benefited from a lucky .236 BABIP, and his -1.2 fWAR ranked last among all pitchers. It was a tremendously disappointing season for a player many expected would be the Nationals' closer last season. The poor performance can likely be attributed in large part to the injuries -- he had a 2.64 ERA and 35.7 percent strikeout rate in 2016 -- but Kelley is now 33 years old and he has a long history of health issues. Kelley has little appeal in shallower leagues, but in deeper leagues, he could be worth a late-round gamble, as he could work his way near the top of the closer depth chart if his performance rebounds.
Kelley (forearm) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday. Kelley's season ended in late September with inflammation in his right elbow, following a rough year which saw the right-hander post a 7.27 ERA and 1.54 WHIP over 26 innings of relief. Looking ahead, Kelley should be ready to get back to business during spring training after receiving a stem cell injection a month ago.
Kelley (elbow) said he expects to be healthy for the start of the 2018 season, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Kelley's season prematurely ended in September after it was revealed that bone chips in his right elbow were causing inflammation. The good news is he seems to have avoided any structural damage, and it doesn't look like he'll require surgery at this point. Kelley opted for a stem cell injection instead, and he'll now wait for the inflammation to subside before hopefully picking up his offseason routine in time to get ready for the start of next season. He was limited to just 26 innings in 2017 due to injuries, compiling an unsightly 7.27 ERA and 1.54 WHIP during that span.
Kelley (forearm) was placed on the 60-day DL on Saturday with bone chips in his right elbow, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. This eliminates any chance for a return during the postseason, but it could be worse for Kelley, as it seems the inflammation in his elbow was the result of bone chips and was not related to any kind of structural issue. Kelley has already undergone Tommy John surgery twice in his career.
Manager Dusty Baker said Kelley is dealing with inflammation and nerve trouble in his forearm, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Kelley is set to get more extensive tests done on his arm after exiting Friday's game with an injury. The good news is the issue doesn't appear to be in the Tommy John area, but not much else is known beyond that. An update on his status should be available once his test results are disclosed.
Kelley was removed from Friday's game in the eighth inning after suffering an apparent injury, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. Kelley motioned to trainers after throwing his 20th pitch of the eighth inning. It's unclear what was wrong, but considering Kelley has dealt with neck issues this year and has undergone Tommy John surgery twice in his career, any injury like this is scary. Consider him day-to-day until the Nationals can fully evaluate him.