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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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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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Shawn Kelley earned a win after pitching a scoreless ninth inning against the Phillies on Saturday.

One day after coming off the disabled list he was back in his familiar ninth-inning role even though it was a tie game rather than a save opportunity. He walked two batters in the top of the inning but prevented any runs from scoring. The Nationals scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to deliver Kelley a shiny win for his efforts. He has a 4.91 ERA with three saves and 15 strikeouts in 11 innings.
May 13 - 11:37 PM

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

Kelley missed just over the minimum amount of time on the DL with a lower back strain. He'll immediately be the favorite for saves again in the Nationals' bullpen.
May 12 - 4:08 PM

Shawn Kelley (back) said that he felt good after throwing a simulated relief appearance on Wednesday.

Kelley threw 20-25 pitches to stand-in batters Stephen Drew and Trea Turner. After the successful simulated appearance, he said that he feels ready to come off the disabled list when eligible on Friday, assuming no lingering soreness on Thursday. Both Kelley and Koda Glover (hip) look like they will be returning to the team this weekend. They will be splitting save opportunities once they rejoin the big league club.
May 10 - 4:11 PM

Shawn Kelley (back) made a simulated relief appearance Wednesday at Nationals Park.

Multiple beat reporters noted that Kelley appeared to be throwing at full intensity to stand-in batters Stephen Drew and Trea Turner. The right-hander is eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list Friday and should get the go-ahead for activation if he reports no lingering soreness in his back on Thursday. Koda Glover (hip) is also due to return from the disabled list this weekend and those two will likely share ninth-inning duties moving forward.
May 10 - 3:27 PM

Shawn Kelley (back) threw a successful bullpen session Monday.

Kelley is eligible for activation from the disabled list on Friday and it sounds like he could be ready at that time. Koda Glover (hip) is due back from the disabled list around the same time. Kelley seems likely to get his closer job back, although Nationals manager Dusty Baker has been unpredictable.
May 8 - 4:43 PM

Nationals placed RHP Shawn Kelley on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

The Nationals have had some difficulty closing out games this season, and now Kelley goes down not long after taking over as the club's closer. While it doesn't seem like he'll be out long, back injuries have known to be tricky. Koda Glover is nearing a return from the disabled list and is the likely candidate to take over the ninth inning when he returns. Until then, look for some combination of Enny Romero, Joe Blanton and Blake Treinen to cobble together the final three outs.
May 5 - 7:21 PM

Shawn Kelley's (illness) availability for Friday will be a game-time decision.

Kelley has been unavailable for the last three games with an illness, which is why Enny Romero wound up with a save Thursday. Chances are, he'll probably be used if a save situation pops up Friday.
May 5 - 4:13 PM

Shawn Kelley converted his third save of the season with a scoreless 11th inning Friday against the Mets.

Kelley retired the Mets in order on 14 pitches and notched one strikeout. After moving Blake Treinen back to a set-up role, Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced this week that he plans to have Kelley and Koda Glover to share closer duties. Kelley has some workload concerns to think about, so the Nationals won’t lean on him heavily, but he figures to be the primary option and has the skills to succeed in the role. After being scored upon in each of his first three appearances, the 32-year-old has bounced back with six straight scoreless outings.
Apr 21 - 11:26 PM

Shawn Kelley gave up a hit and a walk but escaped damage to earn his second save Thursday against the Braves.

Kelley got two quick outs before a hit and a walk put the tying run on second base, but he managed to get Ender Inciarte to fly out to end the threat. It's the second straight save for Kelley after Blake Treinen struggled in the role. Manager Dusty Baker has said Koda Glover will also get some save chances, but if Kelley runs with the job Baker would be foolish to take it away from him. Enterprising owners should grab Kelley in hopes he holds onto the gig moving forward.
Apr 20 - 11:08 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover will split save chances moving forward.

The dreaded closer-by-committee rears its ugly head. Neither Kelley nor Glover has been particularly sharp in the early going. In six innings, Kelley has surrendered four runs on five hits, but has turned in five consecutive scoreless appearances. For his part, Glover has yielded two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. Kelley might be the safer short-term bet for saves given his recent string of respectable performances, but even his value is capped by the fact that Baker plans on mixing-and-matching. Blake Treinen is expected to work as a setup option.
Apr 19 - 6:16 PM

Shawn Kelley relieved a struggling Blake Treinen and recorded his first save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Kelley inherited a bases loaded, one-out mess after Treinen had already walked in a run, but he quickly thwarted the rally with foulout and strikeout. He threw nine of 10 pitches for strikeouts. Kelley hasn't been great overall this season, but he's now put up five straight scoreless appearances, allowing just one baserunner with a 5/0 K/BB ratio over 3 2/3 innings. He might be the best bet for saves in the Nationals' bullpen at this point.
Apr 18 - 11:14 PM

Shawn Kelley allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning of Monday's victory over the Cardinals.

Kelley entered with the Nationals leading 14-5, but he actually began warming up while there was still a chance for a save. That's notable given the early struggles of closer Blake Treinen, though Kelley surrendered a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko and an infield single to Greg Garcia before finally shutting the door in the 14-6 rout.
Apr 10 - 11:02 PM

Shawn Kelley will open the year as a setup man.

Kelley earned seven saves last season before the Nationals acquired Mark Melancon and he carried some momentum for the closer job into spring training this year, but the right-hander still has some durability concerns as a guy who's needed two Tommy John surgeries.
Mar 30 - 1:23 PM

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Koda Glover
3Blake Treinen
4Sammy Solis
5Oliver Perez
6Joe Blanton
7Enny Romero
8Matt Albers
9Matt Grace