Kelly went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Giants. Kelly's homer in the ninth inning briefly gave the Diamondbacks hope for a comeback, but it was the last run of the game. The 24-year-old catcher is hitting .250 with four homers, 12 RBI and eight runs scored in 76 at-bats over 27 games. He is expected to continue splitting time with Alex Avila behind the dish.
Kelly entered Wednesday's game as a pinch hitter and stayed in the game to play third base, Katherine Fitzgerald of the Arizona Republic reports. There was no injury to starter Eduardo Escobar, so having Kelly, a catcher by trade, play third base was by design. Manager Torey Lovullo wanted to get a look at the alignment in case a need arose later this season. "I just removed him from the game to get a different look at something that could potentially pop during the season when you get stretched out and put in a situation where you've flexed all your players into a game and you tie the game late or something happens injury-wise," the manager said.
Kelly went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Pirates. The Diamondbacks were shut down by Pittsburgh starter Joe Musgrove and didn't get on the board until Kelly's solo shot in the eighth off reliever Richard Rodriguez. Kelly has hit safely in five straight starts, going 8-for-16 with three homers and four RBI. For the season, he's hitting .250/.316/.486 over 79 plate appearances.
Kelly is not in the lineup Friday against Atlanta. Kelly sits for the fourth time in the last six games. John Ryan Murphy again gets the start behind the plate Friday.
Kelly is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays. Kelly will take a seat in the series finale following a productive showing at the dish in Tuesday's 6-3 loss. The young backstop reached base three times in the contest while notching a pair of extra-base hits, including his second home run in as many starts. John Ryan Murphy will settle in behind the dish Wednesday.
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