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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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

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C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Howie Kendrick
3Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
4Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Alejandro De Aza
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Edwin Jackson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Brandon Kintzler
3Ryan Madson
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Matt Albers
7Oliver Perez
8Enny Romero
9Matt Grace
10Joe Blanton
11Sammy Solis