Dodgers’ relief ace Joe Kelly is dealing with a lower body injury but there is nothing specifically wrong, according to manager Dave Roberts.
His body just doesn’t feel great and it is affecting his ability to repeat his delivery consistently.
Roberts said there is no specific injury.
"I think it's just overall body. I really do. There is nothing really specific. The body just doesn't feel that he can continue to repeat his delivery. … If he wanted to go out there and pitch he could pitch."
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Kelly has been dealing with soreness in his legs since Sept. 1, according to the LA Times.
He is able to pitch but Roberts said he is going to try to avoid using Kelly until the playoffs. Their focus is on getting him 100% healthy for the postseason.
He has only made four appearances in the past two weeks.
Kelly, 31, has pitched to a 4.62 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 11.01 K/9 and 3.91 BB/9 in 50 2/3 innings this season. His Dodgers’ career got off to a rough start but he has turned it around and been one of baseball’s better relievers over the past few months.
The Dodgers are going to need him healthy in October if they want to end their World Series drought.