We were expecting Joe Kelly news on Monday, with the appeal hearing of his eight-game suspension. But instead, he will miss time for another reason — getting placed on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation.
Dave Roberts said Monday that Kelly had an MRI on his shoulder but the team didn’t yet have the results.
“Joe has some shoulder discomfort. Throwing, it’s fine, not great. And it’s been bothering him here for a few a few days,” Roberts said. “We’ll give him some time on the IL to let it calm down a little bit, and hopefully he’s ready once the 10 days are up.”
The move was retroactive to Sunday, as Kelly last pitched on Saturday, tossing a scoreless inning against San Francisco. The earliest Kelly could be activated from the injured list is Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Kelly can’t serve his suspension — whatever length it might be — while on the injured list, so it will have to be tacked on to the back end once he is activated from the IL.
Kelly had yet to allow a run this season in seven appearances, with five strikeouts in 6⅓ innings. His five walks are the most among Dodgers relief pitchers. Only starting pitchers Walker Buehler (8) and Julio Urías (6) have walked more than Kelly.
To replace Kelly on the active roster, left-hander Adam Kolarek was recalled from the club’s alternate training site at USC. Kolarek has also been scoreless this season, with three strikeouts in 3⅓ innings in his four appearances. He was optioned on Thursday when the Dodgers had to cut down from 30 to 28 players.