Dodgers News: Joe Kelly Placed on IL with Shoulder Inflammation

The Dodgers announced early Monday morning that they have placed right-handed deliver Joe Kelly on the 10-day Injured list with right shoulder inflammation. Simultaneously they have also recalled left-hander Adam Kolarek. 

Kelly’s placement on the IL is a big blow to the Dodgers. He has been a big part of the bullpen’s early success for the club. Over seven appearances (6 1/3 innings), he has yet to allow a run while striking out 5, walking 5, and allowing 5 hits. His last appearance came against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday where allowed one hit and struck out two. 

Unfortunately, Kelly may be gone from the Dodgers for even longer than expected as he should be getting word back from his suspension appeal hearing,that took place today, sometime soon. Kelly received an 8-game suspension after dugouts cleared between the Dodgers and Astros due to several wild pitches that the Astros took exception to. While on the IL, Kelly is unable to serve his suspension so the team will have to tack on extra days without his presence in the pen. 

Adam Kolarek meanwhile has been perfect for the Dodgers this season and will be returning from the team’s alternate training site after being optioned last Thursday with the reduction of the roster from 30 to 28 players. Many believed the 3 batter minimum rule would greatly affect pitchers like Kolarek who would have trouble getting righties out. However, after working on that during summer camp, Kolarek hasn’t allowed a run in four appearances. 

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