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Joe Kelly injures hamstring while closing out Dodgers win over Rockies

Kelly felt something trying to field an infield single in the ninth inning

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Kelly got the final three outs of the Dodgers’ win over the Rockies on Sunday, but tweaked his hamstring in the process. Kelly felt something while fielding C.J. Cron’s dribbler up the third base line to start the final inning.

Cron reached first base without a throw for an infield single, while Kelly tripped trying to field the ball. After conferring with a team trainer and Dave Roberts, Kelly threw a few warm-up pitches and remained in the game.

Kelly got the final three outs in short order, needing only six pitches to induce two groundouts, with a strikeout of Sam Hilliard sandwiched in between. After the final play, Kelly was seen grimacing on the mound and during the postgame celebration.

“He’s hobbling a little bit,” Roberts said. “We’ll know more tomorrow once he comes in for treatment on the travel day, and we can assess then.”

Earlier in the week, Kelly was held out of a few games while dealing with arm soreness. Saturday night’s appearance, in which he got the final out of the seventh inning, was his first game in four days. Sunday was Kelly’s first save since July 14, 2019, and the fourth of his career.

He’s the seventh different pitcher to record a save for the Dodgers this season.

Up next

The Dodgers will travel to San Francisco on Monday’s off day, ready for a second series against the Giants in as many weeks. Julio Urías starts Tuesday night’s series opener (6:45 p.m., SportsNet LA) for Los Angeles. Right-hander Logan Webb starts for the Giants.