Kelly Is Out with Shoulder Inflammation

Monday, August 10, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers put Joe Kelly with right shoulder inflammation on the 15-day injured list. This time on the injured list does not count towards Kelly’s 8-game suspension, which Kelly is appealing.

This season the Dodger bullpen has been a strength for the team. Its bullpen’s ERA is the second-lowest in the Major Leagues, just behind the Saint Louis Cardinals. Every Dodger reliever has performed fantastically. To replace Kelly, the Dodgers recalled left-handed Adam Koralek.

Entering the season, many people who follow the Dodgers religiously were not excited about having Kelly on the team. Like usual during his seven-year career, Kelly had his ups and downs caused by control problems. Notably, he imploded in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals, who ultimately won the 2019 world championship.

This abnormal season Kelly has been plagued with control problems, unable to throw his blazing fastball for strikes. Although he has not allowed an earned run yet, he has not looked like himself with using his magnificent curveballs mostly.

While in Houston, Kelly endeared himself to Dodger fans everywhere in this generation. He made the Houston Astros feel “uncomfortable” and made priceless and memorable facial expressions. Although he did not hit an Astro, obviously, he did not have any control, and the league needs to take that fact into the consideration when it hears Kelly’s appeal.

Losing Kelly for at least ¼ of the season is a large blow to the Dodgers. Nevertheless, with the emergence of Brusdar Graterol and Blake Treinen, they should have a quality bullpen. If the bullpen has another injury, the Dodgers can always use Tony Gonsolin as a reliever. When or if Alex Wood returns from shoulder inflammation, he probably will be a reliever since he will not be able to build up his endurance.

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