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Shawn Kelley | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 232
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Austin Peay
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 13 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Shawn Kelley does not need surgery on his right hand.
Kelley was lifted from a relief appearance in Game 5 of the NLDS after experiencing numbness in the fingers on his pitching hand, but it's an acute nerve issue that should go away with rest. The 32-year-old right-hander is owed $5.5 million from the Nationals in 2017 on a contract that runs through 2018. He had a 2.64 ERA in 58 regular-season innings this year for Washington. Oct 18 - 4:25 PM

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Shawn Kelley said after Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday that he was forced to exit the game because he felt numbness in his fingers and couldn't throw.

It was described a nerve issue which has happened to him before. Kelley already had some tests done and thinks that he'll be fine. Of course, he now has an entire offseason to rest.
Oct 14 - 2:01 AM

Shawn Kelley left Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Thursday with an apparent injury.

Kelley only threw three pitches and faced just one batter. He was brought on as the fifth pitcher of the seventh inning and gave up a two-run triple to Trea Turner before being pulled from the game. The exact issue isn't exactly clear, but he's had a pair of Tommy John surgeries in his career. The Nationals should provide an update after the game.
Oct 13 - 11:09 PM

Shawn Kelly chalked up his sixth save by retiring one batter in the ninth inning on Friday.

He was brought in with two outs and a runner on first base in the ninth inning. He gave up a single before striking out Eduardo Nunez to end the game. Kelley is now the favorite for saves in Washington, apparently taking over the closer's role from Jonathan Papelbon. Kelly deserves it. He has a fantastic 60/7 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings this year.
Jul 30 - 2:02 AM

Shawn Kelley struck out the only batter he faced to pick up his fifth save of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants.

Jonathan Papelbon started the inning but was pulled after allowing a one-out single and walk. Oliver Perez came on to retire two of the three batters he faced while allowing one inherited runner to score. Kelley then finished things off with a strikeout of Angel Pagan. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal after the game when asked about his ninth-inning situation, but Kelley may now be the favorite for saves. Of course, there's a pretty decent chance the Nats will acquire a reliever over the weekend.
Jul 29 - 8:39 AM

Shawn Kelley converted his fourth save of the year even though he gave up a two-run bomb to light-hitting James Loney on Wednesday.

Kelley entered with two outs and two runners on in the eighth inning with a four run lead. He struck out Alejandro De Aza to end that threat. In the ninth he gave up a single to Yoenis Cespedes prior to the Loney home run, then gave up a double to Chris Johnson before fanning Brandon Nimmo to close out the Mets. All four batters Kelley retired were via the strikeout. It was a rare shaky outing for Kelly, who should continue to save games for the Nationals until Jonathan Papelbon returns to action.
Jun 29 - 10:51 PM

Shawn Kelley allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings Sunday but was able to grab his third save.

Kelley yielded a two-out homer to Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado in the bottom of the ninth and Jonathan Villar tripled a few pitches later, but Scooter Gennett flied out to Jayson Werth to end it. Kelley has struggled a bit as the Nationals' fill-in closer, but he's definitely the guy to own until Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) returns from the disabled list.
Jun 26 - 5:32 PM

Shawn Kelley took his first blown save and loss after giving up two unearned runs in the ninth Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Kelley got one out in the eighth and then struck out Joc Pederson to open the ninth before giving up back-to-back groundball singles. Unfortunately for him, that second single got by Michael Taylor and rolled all of the way to the wall, allowing Yasiel Puig to touch 'em all and score the winning run. Perhaps Kelley would have blown the save tonight anyway, but thanks to Taylor, he never had a chance to work his way out of a jam.
Jun 23 - 1:57 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said after Thursday's game that Shawn Kelley will be the team's closer while Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) is out.

Baker indicated before the game that he'd like to establish some set roles with Papelbon out instead of mixing and matching in the ninth. Kelley retired the only two batters he faced to record a save Thursday and has notched both saves for the Nats since Papelbon went down, so it's no surprise he's getting the nod. Pick him up if he's still on the waiver wire in your league.
Jun 17 - 8:21 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that he won't commit to a fill-in closer while Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) is sidelined.

Shawn Kelley notched a five-out save with Papelbon unavailable on Monday and owns a 2.70 ERA on the year, so he is the most logical option for save chances, but Baker said they have to be careful about his workload. The 32-year-old has undergone a pair of Tommy John surgeries in his career. Baker could decide to go with the matchups, also mixing in the likes of Felipe Rivero, Blake Treinen, and Sammy Solis. Still, Kelley should be the priority add in mixed fantasy leagues.

Shawn Kelley retired all five batters he faced -- including four via the strikeout -- to pick up his first save of the season in Monday's win over the Cubs.

Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable due to an unspecified soreness, so Kelley got the call to close out the Cubbies and looked dominant. The setup man boasts a 2.70 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 34/5 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 frames on the season and isn't a bad stash in deeper leagues with Papelbon looking hittable of late.
Jun 13 - 10:20 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo mentioned Shawn Kelley as a likely option to replace Drew Storen in the eighth inning role in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Of course that also means that if the Nats can find a way to deal Papelbon, that Kelley could find himself in the driver's seat for saves in Washington. Kelly compiled a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over his 51 1/3 frames for the Padres in 2015.
Jan 9 - 11:11 AM

Nationals signed RHP Shawn Kelley to a three-year contract.

The deal is believed to be worth $15-16 million. Kelley is one of the more underrated relievers in baseball, having put up a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings for the Padres in 2015. He should continue to miss plenty of bats in 2016 and allow the Nationals to trade Drew Storen for help elsewhere.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 10:50:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Nationals and free agent reliever Shawn Kelley have agreed to a three-year deal worth $15-16 million.

The "saga," as Crasnick called it, originally had Kelley going to the Nats on a one-year pact, a surprisingly short-term deal in a market where a number of lesser relievers were getting longer guarantees. This sounds more like it. Kelley earned it, posting a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings for the Padres in 2015.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 04:39:00 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post confirms the Nationals have signed Shawn Kelley to a one-year deal.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Wednesday that the two sides had reached an agreement, but there were a few more details to work out. The pact is now complete, pending a physical. It's a bit surprising Kelley couldn't find a multi-year contract in this market given that he registered a fantastic 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 63/15 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings this summer for the Padres.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 12:44:00 PM

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