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Don Kelly | Third Baseman

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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. Jun 13 - 10:26 PM

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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.
Apr 5 - 4:33 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.
Mar 25 - 9:49 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.
Mar 11 - 5:43 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

Don Kelly launched a three-run homer in Sunday's win over the Indians.

The blast broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning and proved to be the winning runs. Kelly also drew a couple walks on the day. Despite the nice day, with Austin Jackson due back later this week, Kelly's playing time is about to disappear.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 03:47:00 PM

Don Kelly belted a two-run homer on Friday, providing more than enough support for Anibal Sanchez and helping to lead the Tigers to a 6-0 victory over the Twins.

The third inning blast off Samuel Deduno was his only hit in four trips to the plate on the night. Through his first 66 at-bats on the season, he’s hitting a paltry .197/.274/.348 with a pair of homers and six RBI. He shouldn’t be owned anywhere but the very deepest of AL-only leagues.
Fri, May 24, 2013 09:47:00 PM

Don Kelly singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th as the Tigers beat the Astros 7-3 on Thursday.

Kelly, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner for Victor Martinez, got to hit with the bases loaded in the 14th after both Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder were intentionally walked to get to him. His grounder, which came on Dallas Keuchel's 78th pitch in relief, went through the right side of the infield, giving him his first RBI of the year. Marquis Tuiasosopo followed with a two-run double, and Jhonny Peralta capped the inning with a sac fly.
Fri, May 3, 2013 01:17:00 AM

Tigers purchased the contract of OF Don Kelly from Triple-A Toledo.

Kelly will take the Opening Day roster spot of Quintin Berry, who was optioned to the minors earlier this week. The 32-year-old batted just .186/.276/.248 with one home run and a .523 OPS in 127 plate appearances in 2012, but will open the season in a bench role with the Tigers.
Sun, Mar 31, 2013 11:54:00 PM

Tigers manager Jim Leyland indicated Wednesday that Don Kelly will make the Opening Day roster.

The decision became obvious after Quintin Berry was optioned to the minors Wednesday. The 33-year-old has enjoyed a really solid spring, but with a .232/.283/.344 batting line in the majors, it's amazing how he continues to get chances.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 11:45:00 AM

Don Kelly went 4-for-4 with a homer and two doubles against the Braves on Tuesday.

The Tigers should really know better by now; Kelly isn't worth the roster spot no matter how well he plays in spring training. And in their defense, it doesn't sound like they're going to carry him. An NL team might take him on for his versatility, even though he's not as capable of playing the infield as he once was.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 04:47:00 PM

Don Kelly (wrist) is listed on the travel squad for Thursday's game against the Braves.

Kelly hasn't played since injuring his left wrist on a slide last Saturday. He had the wrist taped up before batting practice Wednesday, but it sounds like he's ready to return to action. Kelly is competing for a bench job this spring.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 08:54:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
3James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Hernan Perez
3Andrew Romine
4Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
3Tyler Collins
4Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2David Price
3Justin Verlander
4Rick Porcello
5Kyle Lobstein
6Drew VerHagen
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Jim Johnson
9Evan Reed
10Robbie Ray
11Kyle Ryan
12Buck Farmer
13Anibal Sanchez
14Luke Putkonen