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Shawn Kelley | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 229
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Austin Peay
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 13 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals activated RHP Shawn Kelley from the 10-day disabled list.
Kelley made a scoreless rehab appearance Sunday and is now ready to go. He remains a major question mark health-wise moving forward. May 7 - 7:03 PM

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Shawn Kelley (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday.

Kelley is slated to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Potomac on Sunday and could need just one appearance before being activated. He's missed the last week and a half with nerve irritation in his pitching elbow.
May 4 - 3:29 PM

Shawn Kelley (elbow) played light catch Friday.

It's surprising given that he was diagnosed with ulnar nerve irritation in his right elbow just four days ago. Still, it figures to be a while before Kelley is an option for the Nationals' bullpen again.
Apr 27 - 5:59 PM

Nationals placed RHP Shawn Kelley on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Kelly was removed from an appearance Monday night against the Giants due to irritation in the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. This could be an extended absence for the 33-year-old setup man, who has needed two Tommy John surgeries.
Apr 24 - 7:17 PM

Shawn Kelley left Monday's appearance against the Giants due to irritation in the ulnar nerve in his elbow.

Kelley threw a total of four pitches in the sixth inning, the first of which was a two-run homer to Mac Williamson. He displayed diminished velocity in the frame and exited after spiking a pitch in the dirt. The plan calls for him to be reevaluated Tuesday, but he's almost certainly headed to the disabled list. Elbow problems are nothing new for Kelley, who has undergone Tommy John surgery twice in his career.
Apr 24 - 9:02 AM

Shawn Kelley was lifted from an appearance Monday against the Giants with an apparent right arm injury.

Kelley served up a home run to the first batter he faced -- Mac Williamson -- and then spiked a pitch to the next batter before walking off the field with the trainer. The reliever dealt with bone chips in his elbow at the end of last season and has also had a pair of Tommy John surgeries. The Nationals should have more on his status soon.
Apr 24 - 12:07 AM

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.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 08:57:00 AM

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.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 02:13:00 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.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 07:03:00 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.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 10:20:00 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.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 09:50:00 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.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 07:42:00 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.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 10:37:00 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.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 04:14:00 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.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 05:55:00 PM

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