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February 28, 2020 06:08 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Hurls promising spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday in his first appearance of spring training, allowing one hit and striking out two. His fastball velocity was in the mid-90s and his curveball clocked in at 89 mph, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

Kelly struggled to stay healthy at the end of last season, logging only five innings in September. He indicated following Wednesday's outing that he feels healthy this spring due in part to an altered offseason training regimen focused on finding the right strength training for his lean body type. Kelly also visited the Driveline Baseball complex over the winter and emerged with a slightly different fastball grip aimed at improving his spin rate. That could help Kelly maintain more consistency this season -- he posted a 5.28 ERA prior to the All-Star break in 2019 but improved that mark to 3.48 during the second half.

September 30, 2019 02:36 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Hurls six pitches in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly pitched two-thirds of an inning against the Giants on Sunday, retiring both hitters on groundouts.

It was an uneventful return for Kelly, who has been dealing with an undisclosed physical ailment and had not pitched since Sept. 18. He needed only six pitches to retire both hitters he faced in the brief outing. Despite Kelly's recent lack of appearances, the right-hander is expected to be ready to contribute when the NLDS begins Thursday.

September 29, 2019 01:44 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Slated to work Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Kelly (undisclosed) will work the sixth or seventh inning in Sunday's game against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Kelly has been dealing with an unspecified physical issue that has prevented him from making an appearance since Sept. 18, but the Dodgers are comfortable enough with his health to work him into the pitching schedule in the regular-season finale. Assuming Kelly looks good during the outing and reports no setbacks coming out of the contest, he'll likely have a spot waiting for him on the Dodgers' postseason roster.

September 28, 2019 01:48 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Expects to pitch Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (undisclosed) is on track to pitch in Sunday's game against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Kelly's bullpen session Friday reportedly went well, so the Dodgers will attempt to get him some action before the regular season comes to an end.

September 27, 2019 07:24 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Tossing bullpen Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (undisclosed) is set to throw a bullpen session Friday, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.

Kelly will throw for the third straight day, and if all goes well, the Dodgers are hopeful to get him an outing sometime over the weekend. He's not expected to be back at 100 percent for the postseason, however.

September 27, 2019 12:40 AM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Won't be 100 percent for playoffs
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Kelly is suffering from poor "overall body" health and is unlikely to be fully recovered for the playoffs, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Both the Dodgers and Kelly have been unable to provide a clear explanation of the right-hander's ailment, though Kelly indicated that it is hampering "certain movements that are related to pitching." The 31-year-old plans to pitch again before the end of the regular season, but he made it clear that he's unlikely to return to full strength anytime soon. Kelly has posted a 4.62 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 62:22 K:BB in 50.2 innings this season.

September 25, 2019 08:48 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Unlikely to pitch until Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (lower body) is not expected to pitch again until Sunday, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Manager Dave Roberts previously suggested that Kelly would return to the mound Thursday, but plans appear to have changed and Kelly will now have only one outing -- the season finale against the Giants -- to gear up for the postseason. He'll need to make it through a bullpen session first, currently scheduled for Friday. Although Roberts has insisted that Kelly would be pitching if the playoffs were underway, Kelly's lack of playing time down the stretch -- he has appeared in only one game since Sept. 14 -- and the vague details about his condition are becoming increasingly concerning.

September 24, 2019 11:04 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Out at least two games
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Kelly (lower body) won't pitch Tuesday or Wednesday but may return Thursday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

Kelly has appeared in only one game since Sept. 14 while dealing with what manager Dave Roberts vaguely described as "overall bodyitis." Despite the extended time off and mysterious nature of Kelly's condition, Roberts suggested a lack of concern and indicated that Kelly will likely pitch Thursday. The 31-year-old is expected to play a central role in the Dodgers' bullpen in the postseason.

September 22, 2019 11:08 AM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Limited until playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly is a dealing with a lower-body issue that will limit his usage until the postseason, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Kelly had been dealing with a leg injury earlier in September, but it's unclear if his new issue is related, though he's appeared in only one contest since Sept. 15 and pitched one-third of an inning. However, it doesn't sound as if Kelly is entirely unavailable, so he should take the mound on at least a couple occasions prior to the close of the regular season.

September 12, 2019 10:36 AM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Surrenders one run in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly was charged with a blown save after giving up one run in one inning against Baltimore on Wednesday. He walked one and struck out three.

Kelly came on in the sixth inning and yielded a run on a walk, a wild pitch and a single. He also struck out the side and tossed 15 of 25 pitches for strikes. Kelly had previously been dealing with a minor leg issue but appears to be feeling better after tossing for the second time in the Dodgers' last four games.

September 8, 2019 02:36 AM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Dealing with leg issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly has seen a reduced workload due to a leg issue, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kelly did not pitch for five days due to the minor issue but hurled a scoreless inning in relief Saturday, issuing two walks and striking out one batter. Manager Dave Roberts did not offer any specifics on the injury, but Kelly's presence on the mound against the Giants suggests that it isn't serious in nature. The 31-year-old has been one of the Dodgers' most reliable relievers since the All-Star break, compiling a 3.06 ERA and holding hitters to a .190 average over 17.2 innings.

August 30, 2019 02:44 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Surrenders first runs in August
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Kelly pitched one inning against Arizona on Thursday, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out one.

Kelly took over in the sixth inning and gave up hits to the first three batters he faced. The third was a long ball off the bat of Eduardo Escobar that snapped Kelly's streak of 11 appearances without allowing a run. The 31-year-old got off to a rough start in his first campaign with the Dodgers but had turned things around over the last three months, compiling a 4-1 record along with four holds, a 2.25 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings since the start of June.

August 25, 2019 05:12 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Unavailable Sunday
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Kelly won't be available to pitch Sunday due to rest purposes, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Kelly fired 1.2 innings Saturday night against the Yankees, so the Dodgers will hold him out of Sunday's series finale to get him ready for their upcoming three-game series in San Diego. He owns a 4.26 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with a 56:18 K:BB over 44.1 innings this season.

August 12, 2019 04:08 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: To get some save opportunities
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly is expected to get occassional save opportunities down the stretch as the Dodgers look to preserve Kenley Jansen with an eye toward the postseason, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Manager Dave Roberts said he will give Jansen scheduled days off over the final seven weeks of the season. Kelly and Pedro Baez are the two pitchers expected to get opportunities in the ninth inning when Jansen is unavailable. While Kelly didn't get off to a great start to the year, he has a 1.66 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 32 strikeouts, four wins and one save in 21.2 innings since the start of June.

July 15, 2019 02:28 AM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Converts third career save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly struck out both batters he faced against Boston on Sunday to earn his first save of the season.

With usual closer Kenley Jansen already out of the game, Kelly was brought on to face his former team in the 12th inning with the Dodgers staked to a three-run lead. He needed only 11 pitches to strike out Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. for his first save this season and third in his career. After a difficult start to his first campaign with the Dodgers, Kelly has turned things around in June and July, allowing only two earned runs while striking out 22 batters in 14 innings over that stretch.

July 6, 2019 12:48 AM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Earns win in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (3-3) pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout to pick up the win against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Kelly came into the 10th inning with the score tied, 4-4. He retired the Diamondbacks in order at a tough part of the lineup including Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar. Cody Bellinger then blasted a walkoff homer in the bottom of the frame to gift Kelly the victory. Perhaps his successful outing is a sign of what's to come for the 31-year-old, who has struggled mightily with the Dodgers this season. Overall, he owns a 5.76 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 35:14 K:BB over 29 appearances.

May 27, 2019 05:16 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Back from bereavement list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly has been activated from the MLB bereavement list, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

It was an expected move for the right-handed reliever, who will rejoin the Dodgers after being placed on the bereavement list Friday. Caleb Ferguson was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.

May 25, 2019 03:12 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Expected back Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly is expected to return from the bereavement list prior to Monday's game against the Mets, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The right-hander was placed on the bereavement list Friday morning, though his absence will be a brief one. The Dodgers will need to make a roster move upon Kelly's return.

May 24, 2019 02:00 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Placed on bereavement list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly has been placed on the MLB bereavement list, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

The right-hander must miss at least three games but no more than seven. Outfielder Kyle Garlick is back on the Dodgers' roster in a corresponding move.

April 8, 2019 11:08 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Hit with loss, blown save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly got the loss and another blown save in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals, giving up one earned run on two hits in his one inning of work. He walked one and didn't log a strikeout.

Kelly's nightmare start to the 2019 campaign continued in this contest, as he was saddled with the loss and his third blown save in five appearances after giving up a game-tying RBI single to Jose Martinez. He simply hasn't been able to get on track to start the season, as he's now given up 12 hits and nine earned runs in just six innings.

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vs LHB 21.200 5.4001229
vs RHB 29.200 3.9401033
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