Kelley (neck) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Thursday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports. The Nationals were dealt a tough blow Thursday with lights-out reliever Ryan Madson landing on the disabled list, but Kelley lessens the sting as he'll add some veteran bullpen depth. That said, Kelley did not look particularly sharp on his recent eight-game rehab stint, notching a 13.50 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP over that stretch. The Nationals will likely turn to Brandon Kintzler for setup duties in front of Sean Doolittle rather than using Kelley in that role.
Kelley (neck) allowed a leadoff home run but rebounded to strike out two over an inning in his first rehab appearance Saturday for Triple-A Syracuse, Eric Gallanty of Spec Sports New York reports. Kelley threw 19 pitches in the outing, 12 of which went for strikes. The fact that he was able to recover after a poor first batter was a good sign that he'll be able to return to the Nationals soon. Expect him to be activated at some point in the first week of August.
Kelley (neck) will begin his rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Syracuse, The Washington Post's Jorge Castillo reports. Kelley felt good after completing a simulated game Wednesday, and is set to start a multi-game rehab assignment for Syracuse. Following his outing Saturday, Kelley will rest for a couple days and then toe the rubber once more. If all goes well, the right-hander could return to the Nationals after his second contest.
Kelley (neck) will throw a simulated game Wednesday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. Kelley appears to be progressing well in his rehab program, as this is the first time he'll be exposed to "game situations." If all goes well with Wednesday's outing, he could head out on a rehab assignment within the next week.
Kelley (neck) threw a bullpen session Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. The mound session was Kelley's second since he resumed throwing earlier this month. He says he feels 100 percent again, but he still needs some time to further build up his arm strength before heading out on a rehab assignment. Chances are, Kelley won't be in the closer mix upon his eventual return as the Nationals recently added Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson at the back end.
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