Kelly (shoulder) threw an unspecified number of pitches off a mound Thursday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Kelly had thrown from 90 feet over the past two days, and he progressed to mound work Thursday. The right-hander missed the start of camp due to shoulder soreness, but he appears to be ramping up his throwing program ahead of Cactus League play. Barring any setbacks, Kelly could certainly have enough time to prepare to pitch by the start of the regular season.
Kelly (shoulder) has thrown from 90 feet on consecutive days, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Kelly appears to be rounding into shape after being shelved at the start of camp due to shoulder soreness. The veteran suffered from the same issue last season, and it's unclear whether the Dodgers are simply being careful with him or if there remains some carryover into the start of spring. With plenty of time to go until Opening Day, however, there's a strong chance that Kelly will be ready to pitch by the start of the campaign.
Manager Dave Roberts stated that Kelly is not yet ready to throw bullpen sessions due to soreness, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Roberts didn't give any specific details related to the soreness, but instead said that Kelly is "still coming back" and "not quite there yet." Given the timing of the issue, it doesn't appear that there should be any concern for Kelly's status to start the regular season. While Kenley Jansen will start the season locked in the closer role, Kelly should fill high a high-leverage role in the Dodgers' bullpen.
Kelly was credited with the save by recording the final out of Wednesday's Game 2 against the Padres. He walked two batters. Closer Kenley Jansen surrendered two runs and was pulled with two outs and the tying run on second base, leaving Kelly to face Fernando Tatis and Manny Machado. Kelly walked both batters but was able to induce a groundout from Eric Hosmer to end the game. It was the right-hander's first outing of the postseason and his first game action since Sept. 26, but he was able to get the job done against San Diego's best bats.
Kelly will start Wednesday's game against the Athletics, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. Kelly pitched one-third of an inning as a reliever Tuesday, and he'll step in on short notice to start in place of Julio Urias, who was scratched from his scheduled start for an undisclosed reason. Kelly hasn't pitched more than one inning in any of his appearances this season, but he still hasn't given up a run.