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Don Kelly | First Baseman

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Marlins placed 1B Don Kelly on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right ring finger.
In a painful quirk of the universe, both Kelly and catcher Jeff Mathis fractured right ring fingers on Sunday against the Rays. No timetable has been set for either player's return at this point. Apr 13 - 2:32 PM

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Don Kelly has been diagnosed with a fractured right ring finger.

Kelly injured the finger while fielding a grounder at third base Sunday. It's not clear whether he'll need surgery, but obviously he's headed to the disabled list.
Apr 12 - 3:24 PM

Don Kelly left Sunday's game versus the Rays with a finger injury.

Kelly scraped the tip of right ring finger after fielding a grounder at third base. He should be fine but needed to be removed after losing quite a bit of blood. Donovan Solano took his spot at the hot corner.
Apr 12 - 1:51 PM

Marlins purchased the contract of INF/OF Don Kelly from Triple-A New Orleans.

The 34-year-old basically just had to stay healthy this spring in order to win a utility spot. Kelly will back up all over the field for the Marlins.
Apr 5 - 1:43 PM

Marlins signed INF/OF Don Kelly to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 34-year-old's versatility should give him an opportunity to compete for a spot on the Marlins bench, but he has extremely limited appeal in fantasy leagues.
Jan 18 - 10:49 PM

Don Kelly has elected to become a free agent.

Kelly was outrighted off the Tigers' 40-man roster at the end of October and then declined his assignment to Triple-A Toledo. The 34-year-old utilityman owns a .232/.296/.336 career batting line in 1,189 plate appearances at the major league level. He may have to settle for a minor league contract this winter.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Tigers sent INF/OF Don Kelly outright to Triple-A Toledo.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Kelly is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter but could be non-tendered.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 02:41:00 PM

Don Kelly had a tough day at the office in a losing effort against the Twins on Friday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

The Tigers were unable to generate any type of offense against Kyle Gibson and the Twins bullpen on this particular evening. The super-utility man is now hitting just .244/.322/.295 on the season.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 10:26:00 PM

Don Kelly had a terrific day at the dish in Saturday’s win over the Orioles, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI.

The super utility man was making his first start of the season, playing third base in place of Nick Castellanos. He is irrelevant outside of the deepest of AL-only leagues, but has multi-position eligibility and could become interesting should he find his way into regular at-bats.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 04:33:00 PM

Don Kelly (hamstring) said Tuesday that he's "getting better" and expects to be ready to go for Opening Day.

Kelly has been nursing some hamstring soreness in camp. Barring a setback, he'll be fine to serve in a utility role again on Opening Day.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 09:49:00 PM

Don Kelly hit a two-run homer to score the Tigers' only runs Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Here's a scary thought: Kelly could be the Tigers' primary left fielder against right-handed pitchers to begin the year. He's batting .421 in 19 at-bats this spring, but, of course, he's a lifetime .229/.290/.344 hitter in 907 major league at-bats.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 05:43:00 PM

Tigers and OF Don Kelly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract.

It's a $100,000 raise for Kelly, who earned a $900,000 salary in 2013 -- his first year of arbitration-eligibility. He's a .229/.290/.344 career hitter in the major leagues, but the Tigers like his defensive versatility and didn't want to lose the 33-year-old to the free agent market. He'll serve as a utilityman for Detroit again in 2014.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he's "going to sleep on" the possibility of playing Don Kelly in center field in Wednesday's Game 4.

Austin Jackson is hitting only .091/.143/.121 with 18 strikeouts over 33 at-bats so far this postseason, so Leyland is considering giving him a breather. Of course, Kelly is a career .229/.290/.344 hitter and a downgrade defensively, so he's far from a safe bet to be an improvement.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 09:25:00 PM

Don Kelly will start in left field and bat eighth for the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Saturday.

Andy Dirks started in left in Game 1 and Jhonny Peralta is still expected to see some time there this postseason, but it's Kelly who gets the call in Game 2. The rest of the lineup is exactly the same as in Game 1, with Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez, Alex Avila, Omar Infante, Kelly and Jose Iglesias squaring off against Athletics starter Sonny Gray.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 04:48:00 PM

Don Kelly went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against the Indians on Tuesday.

Kelly capped a five-run fifth inning with a three-run home run, his fifth homer of the season. Kelly is a part-time player, having started just once before Tuesday's game since July 28, so he can continue to be ignored for fantasy purposes. He's batting .246 on the year.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 10:01:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1J.T. Realmuto
2Jeff Mathis
1B1Michael Morse
2Justin Bour
3Jeff Baker
2B1Dee Gordon
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
3B1Martin Prado
2Derek Dietrich
LF1Christian Yelich
2Ichiro Suzuki
CF1Marcell Ozuna
2Don Kelly
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher
S1Mat Latos
2Henderson Alvarez
3Dan Haren
4David Phelps
5Tom Koehler
6Jose Fernandez
7Brad Hand
Relief Pitcher
R1A.J. Ramos
2Bryan Morris
3Mike Dunn
4Sam Dyson
5Carter Capps
6Jarred Cosart
7Steve Cishek
8Aaron Crow