Kelly had a pinch-hit double in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Athletics. Kelly has been limited to just six at-bats in the month of September. His playing time will continue to be sparse as the Phillies evaluate their young talent this month.
Kelly hit a pinch-hit grand slam in Saturday's win over the Giants. You never know what you'll see on a given night in baseball. Kelly had just two homers in 91 career major-league games coming into Saturday and 45 homers in nine seasons in the minors. The 29-year-old has not started a game for the Phillies since his most recent promotion on Aug. 11.
Kelly has been promoted to the big-league roster, Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com reports. Kelly returns to the big leagues after being shipped to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 4, making it a short stint in the minors. It was expected for Kelly to return to the Phillies when the rosters expanded in September, so the call up now doesn't come as a huge surprise. In 48 games with the Phillies, Kelly is hitting .186 with one home run and 10 runs batted in.
Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday. Kelly had been squeezed out of regular playing time back in mid-July, and now that an extra catcher was needed on the active roster with Andrew Knapp (hand) sidelined temporarily, Kelly wound up being the odd man out. The utility man hasn't performed well at the plate this season, but he'll likely be back in the big leagues once rosters expand in September at the latest.
Kelly is out of the lineup Monday against the Marlins. With Cesar Hernandez (oblique) returning from the 10-day disabled list Monday and immediately reclaiming the starting second base gig, Kelly's run of regular playing time looks to be over. Kelly wasn't able to do much with the everyday at-bats, going just 4-for-31 at the plate since June 25. He's now expected to act as the Phillies' top utility infielder.
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