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Shawn Kelley | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 229
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Austin Peay
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 13 (0) / SEA
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Nationals activated RHP Shawn Kelley from the 60-day disabled list.
Kelley received an injection of stem cells into his ailing right elbow last month and is hopeful that he'll be able to avoid surgery. He plans to be ready for the start of the 2018 season. Nov 4 - 8:57 AM

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Shawn Kelley (elbow) said Thursday that he expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2018 season.

Kelley got an injection of stem cells for his troublesome right elbow and is hoping to avoid surgery. The 33-year-old setup man was limited to 26 innings in 2017 and finished with a brutal 7.27 ERA. He's due $5.5 million next season in the final year of a three-year, $15 million contract.
Oct 19 - 2:13 PM

Nationals placed RHP Shawn Kelley on the 60-day disabled list with bone chips in his right elbow.

It's possible that he'll undergo surgery, but that hasn't been determined yet. Complicating matters is that Kelley has already had two Tommy John operations. It ends a frustrating campaign for the reliever, as Kelley will finish with a 7.27 ERA over 33 appearances.
Sep 30 - 7:03 PM

Shawn Kelley is set to visit a doctor on Saturday to evaluate his arm injury.

Kelley was removed from Friday's outing after experiencing numbness in his arm and swelling in the fingers of his right hand. The Nationals should have an update on his status after Saturday's exam.
Sep 23 - 10:20 AM

Shawn Kelley was forced to leave Friday's game against the Mets with an apparent injury.

The veteran right-hander was in noticeable discomfort after delivering a pitch, prompting a visit from the trainer and his eventual removal. Look for an update from the Nationals on his status after the game.
Sep 22 - 9:50 PM

Nationals activated RHP Shawn Kelley from the 10-day disabled list.

Kelley is back after missing the past two months with a strained trapezius. The right-hander struggled during a lengthy rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse, compiling a disappointing 8.10 ERA over eight relief appearances. He'll work in middle relief.
Aug 17 - 7:42 PM

Shawn Kelley (trapezius) is set to begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Syracuse.

Kelley got the go-ahead after a successful simulated appearance on Wednesday. He is scheduled to pitch twice at Syracuse and should then be cleared to return to the Nationals' bullpen. The right-hander has been sidelined since June 17 because of a strained trapezius.
Jul 27 - 10:37 AM

Shawn Kelley (trapezius) will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

Kelley has ramped up his rehab efforts of late, progressing from throwing off flat ground to a bullpen session earlier this week. He has been out of action since mid-June due to a strained right trapezius muscle. While his rehab is starting to move along at a faster pace, there is no current timetable for his return.
Jul 26 - 4:14 PM

Shawn Kelley (trapezius) is expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday or Tuesday.

Kelley began throwing off flat ground last week and is ready to take it up a notch. The veteran has had a tough year, struggling to a 7.00 ERA across 22 relief outings. The Nats sure to add a bullpen arm at the deadline with Brad Hand, Raisel Iglesias, Pat Neshek, David Robertson and Justin Wilson among their top targets.
Jul 15 - 5:55 PM

Shawn Kelley (trapezius) played catch for the second consecutive day on Saturday without issue.

The right-hander continues to slowly work his way back from a plethora of injuries. He had been shut down earlier in the week after feeling renewed soreness in his neck and upper back while playing long toss. The Nationals need all the help they can get in the bullpen, so his return is anxiously awaited.
Jul 8 - 2:05 PM

Shawn Kelley (trapezius) has been shut down from throwing after feeling renewed soreness in his neck and upper back during a recent long-toss session.

Kelley was slated to visit a doctor on Monday to go over his options, which included a pain-killing injection. "I thought I was pretty much in the clear. The first couple days of throwing went good," Kelley said. "Then when I really tried to test it, and start to put some effort in it, it kind of tightened up on me. Since that day, it’s kind of stayed the same and is really annoying me."
Jul 3 - 6:54 PM

Shawn Kelley (trapezius) resumed a throwing program on Monday.

Kelley was placed on the disabled list a week and a half ago due to a strained right trapezius muscle. A timetable for his return hasn't been revealed yet, but he would seem to have a chance to make it back before the All-Star break.
Source: MASN Sports
Jun 28 - 1:29 PM

Nationals placed RHP Shawn Kelley on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 17, with a strained right trapezius.

Kelley is barely a month removed from returning from the DL due to a lower back strain, and now he's on the shelf again. It's unclear how long he'll be out. Enny Romero looks like the best bet for saves in the Nats' bullpen at the moment.
Jun 18 - 10:22 AM

Shawn Kelley came on to relieve a struggling Matt Albers on Monday, throwing two-thirds of a scoreless inning in a loss to the Braves.

Albers was lifted after serving up a three-run homer to Tyler Flowers to blow the save. Kelley allowed Rio Ruiz to reach when he was unable to field Adam Lind's toss while covering first base, but he rebounded to retire the next two hitters. Worth noting is that Kelley was already warming before Albers gave up the homer. It's possible he'll get the next save chance, but it's anyone's guess as to what will happen with the Nationals' bullpen at this point. Enny Romero and maybe even Trevor Gott are also worth a stash.
Jun 13 - 9:13 AM

Shawn Kelley took a loss and a blown save on Sunday afternoon against the Phillies.

Kelley was brought on to open the top of the ninth inning with Washington leading 3-1. He allowed a leadoff homer to Aaron Altherr and back-to-back one-out doubles to Maikel Franco and Cameron Rupp before walking Freddy Galvis. Nationals manager Dusty Baker then turned the ball over to Koda Glover, who gave up a go-ahead RBI single to Ty Kelly. Washington wasn't able to answer in the bottom of the ninth.
May 14 - 4:47 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Raudy Read
3Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Kelvin Gutierrez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5A.J. Cole
6Erick Fedde
7Jefry Rodriguez
8Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Koda Glover
4Shawn Kelley
5Enny Romero
6Matt Grace
7Sammy Solis
8Austin Adams
9Wander Suero
10David Goforth
11Tim Collins