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Joe Kelly expected to miss start of 2022 season

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He suffered a bicep injury in the NLCS

National League Championship Series Game 5: Atlanta Braves v. Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Whether or not he’s pitching for the Dodgers in 2022, it looks like Joe Kelly will miss the start of the season.

After starting Game 5 of the NLCS, Kelly left the game with a bicep strain. According to Jorge Castillo of the LA Times, the injury is pretty significant and it’ll cost him the beginning of the 2022 season.

How long he’ll be out remains a question, but that certainly isn’t good news considering we’re five months away.

In addition to that Kelly news, Castillo also wrote about the Dodgers being expected to pay Kelly a $4 million buyout instead of picking up the option on his contract. This makes sense, as the Dodgers can likely bring him back on a cheaper deal, especially since he’ll be missing time due to the injury.

Dodgers links

  • Castillo from the LA Times wrote about other Dodgers free-agents, including Corey Seager who reportedly turned down a contract extension earlier in the season.
  • Speaking of free-agents, Mike DiGovanna from The LA Times wrote about some potential free-agent options the Dodgers could look towards for 2022