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October 8, 2020 08:20 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Secures tense save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 23, 2020 05:56 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Starting on short notice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 18, 2020 01:04 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Retires lone batter in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly retired the only batter he faced in Thursday's win over Colorado.

After being held out of action for over five weeks due to a shoulder injury and the serving of a five-game suspension, Kelly was asked to face only one batter -- pinch hitter Ryan McMahon -- in the seventh inning Thursday. McMahon made Kelly work in the eight-pitch at-bat, but the reliever ultimately proved successful by inducing a groundout. Kelly has hurled only 6.2 innings overall this season and figures to be eased back into action as the Dodgers prepare for the postseason.

September 16, 2020 01:24 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Returns from suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly has completed his five-game suspension and will be active for Wednesday's game against the Padres, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Kelly was hit with the ban (which was initially set to be eight games before being reduced upon appeal) for throwing near the heads of a pair of Astros hitters back in late July. The punishment was delayed for quite some time, first during the appeals process and then while Kelly spent a month on the shelf with shoulder inflammation. He's finally ready to go and should be able to make a handful of appearances for the Dodgers down the stretch.

September 11, 2020 11:00 AM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Activated, set to serve suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) was activated from the injured list Thursday and will begin to serve his five-game suspension.

Kelly had been on the injured list with shoulder inflammation since Aug. 10. The reliever will now serve his five-game suspension that he received for his role in the altercation with the Astros on July 28. He will return to the Dodgers' bullpen Sept. 16.

September 9, 2020 06:56 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Successful throwing session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) demonstrated "really good command" during his pitching session Tuesday, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kelly's command was an issue the last time he pitched to live hitters, so Tuesday's success is an encouraging sign that the right-hander is rounding back into form. He is scheduled to throw again Thursday and could be activated soon thereafter, though he'll need to serve his five-game suspension before he is eligible to return to game action.

September 6, 2020 10:32 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Needs to shore up command
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) threw to live hitters Friday and struggled with his command, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Manager Dave Roberts noted that Kelly emerged from the session healthy and will throw again Monday. "He's building up arm strength. As far as command, it wasn't where it needs to be, and right now it doesn't have to be. Monday, for me, is going to be a big test. I expect the command to be more tightened up and the intensity to be ramped up," said Roberts. Kelly will still need to serve a five-game suspension once he is activated.

September 4, 2020 01:48 AM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Slated to face live hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) will face live hitters this weekend and is likely to be activated next week, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.

Kelly tossed a bullpen session without complications Tuesday, so he appears to be recovered from the shoulder inflammation that landed him on the injured list Aug. 10. However, he won't be able to take the mound in game action until he first serves the five-game suspension that was handed to him as a result of a dust-up with the Astros in late July.

September 2, 2020 08:56 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Completes bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

The 32-year-old has been sidelined since Aug. 10 with right shoulder inflammation, but he appears to be nearing his return. Manager Dave Roberts said Kelly could be return from the injured list late next week, but he'll still need to serve a five-game suspension once activated.

August 25, 2020 06:48 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Won't return soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) hasn't thrown off a mound since landing on the injured list Aug. 10 and isn't close to being activated, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

The 32-year-old remains without an official timeline for his return, and that's unlikely to change until he resumes mound work. Kelly will also need to serve a five-game suspension once activated before actually rejoining the team.

August 12, 2020 06:32 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Suspension reduced
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly (shoulder) won his appeal and had his suspension reduced from eight games to five games, Jeff Passan of reports.

Kelly remains on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. While the suspension will take place once he's back on the active roster, he'll be able to return to the mound slightly sooner than expected. It's unclear when the right-hander will be healthy enough to return from the injured list. Kelly was effective as a middle reliever to begin the season, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings while posting a 5:5 K:BB over seven appearances.

August 10, 2020 01:12 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Out with shoulder inflammation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly landed on the 10-day injured list with shoulder inflammation Monday.

The Dodgers were already likely to be without Kelly for some time, as the hearing on his appeal of the eight-game suspension he was handed for throwing near the heads of a pair of Astros' hitters back in late July is scheduled to happen Monday. He'll now also miss an unspecified amount of time due to injury as well. He'll be eligible to return next Wednesday, as the move was made retroactive to Sunday, though it's not clear if he's expected to do so.

August 6, 2020 11:16 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Hearing moved to Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly's hearing to appeal his eight-game suspension has been moved to Monday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

It was previously reported that a decision regarding Kelly's appeal was expected by week's end, but it now looks like any announcement regarding the reliever's status will have to wait until at least early next week. As a result, Kelly should remain eligible to pitch for the entirety of the weekend series against the Giants.

August 5, 2020 12:20 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Decision on appeal looming
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Dodgers are expecting to get an update on the status of Kelly's appeal of his eight-game suspension by the end of the week, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

MLB handed Kelly an eight-game suspension July 29 for his role in a dustup with Houston the previous day, but Kelly subsequently appealed the decision and has been available out of the Dodgers' bullpen while the league determines his fate. In three appearances since the incident, the right-hander has thrown 2.1 scoreless innings, though he has allowed three hits and two walks without a strikeout in that span.

July 29, 2020 05:08 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Suspended eight games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly has been suspended eight games for his role in Tuesday's benches clearing altercation with the Astros, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. He will appeal the suspension.

He threw behind Alex Bregman in a 3-0 count and then threw at Carlos Correa's head in an ensuing plate appearance, so it's not surprising it led to a suspension. Manager Dave Roberts also received a one-game suspension. Per, Eric Stephen of, Kelly is appealing the suspension, so he is technically available for Wednesday's game.

July 18, 2020 01:28 PM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Tosses bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly threw a bullpen session Thursday and is expected to be ready for Opening Day, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Kelly has been less active during summer camp than most of the Dodgers' other healthy pitchers, having last pitched in an intrasquad game over a week ago. The right-hander suffered from an undisclosed "overall body" issue down the stretch last season, so the team may look to take extra precautions with him given the limited time to ramp up for the season and the compact 2020 schedule. Still, Kelly looks to be in line for a prominent bullpen role when the season starts Thursday.

July 11, 2020 02:28 AM
Dodgers' Joe Kelly: Rediscovers four-seamer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelly used the practice of throwing into a net during MLB's shutdown to work on his four-seam fastball, Rowan Kavner of Dodger Insider reports.

Per Statcast, Kelly threw his four-seamer 28 percent of the time in 2019, a marked dropoff from the 49.9 percent frequency on which he threw the pitch the previous season. The right-hander attributed the decrease to mechanics, explaining, "At the time before all this happened, I was essentially throwing a one-finger fastball. My index finger was coming off the heater. I was losing spin efficiency." Each of Kelly's fastballs in Thursday's intrasquad game were four-seamers, and given the positive results, it's logical to expect his use of the pitch to revert closer to his career norm this season.

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.

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