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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 pitched a hitless inning Tuesday against the Braves, striking out two.
It'd be odd to see the Nationals bypass Kelley for the closer's role, given that he was the clear favorite going in and he's had a solid March, with a 1.59 ERA and a 6/2 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 innings. It also makes a lot of financial sense to close with the veteran, rather than someone who is eventually going to have his salaries decided by save-happy arbitrators. Still, there are definite hints that the team is considering going with Koda Glover in the ninth. Of course, we still wouldn't go dropping Kelley just yet. Mar 21 - 4:16 PM

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Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he plans to go with one pitcher out of the closer role this season.

Baker also admitted that he was hoping the Nats would land a big-name closer this winter. There's still a chance that a deal could come together with the White Sox for David Robertson, but as of now, Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen, and Koda Glover are the main contenders for the role. Kelley has health concerns, but he should be considered the favorite after posting a 2.64 ERA and 80/11 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season. We should have a better handle on the situation in the next couple of weeks.
Mar 1 - 11:34 AM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told Fantasy Sports Radio on Monday that Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen, and Koda Glover are competing to be the team's closer.

Rizzo also said that he's had no recent trade talks for relief help, so the job will probably go to one of these three. Kelley figures to be the front-runner here in February after registering a strong 2.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 80/11 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season for Washington. It's a story we'll be tracking all spring.
Feb 20 - 10:22 AM

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.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 04:25:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 02:01:00 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.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 11:09:00 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.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 02:02:00 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.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 08:39:00 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.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 10:51:00 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.
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 05:32:00 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.
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 01:57:00 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.
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 08:21:00 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.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 03:40:00 PM

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.
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 10:20:00 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.
Sat, Jan 9, 2016 11:11:00 AM

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C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
3Clint Robinson
4Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
R1Koda Glover
2Shawn Kelley
3Blake Treinen
4Sammy Solis
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Trevor Gott
8Enny Romero
9Jeremy Guthrie
10Dustin Antolin
11Neal Cotts
12Jacob Turner