Two days after going on the injured list, Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Joe Kelly did get a bit of good news as his suspension for a recent incident with the Houston Astros was reduced to five games, according to multiple reports Wednesday.
Kelly was handed an eight-game suspension after multiple pitches came near Astros batters during a July 28 game. He also appeared to taunt the Astros' Carlos Correa after striking him out, leading to benches emptying.
Kelly immediately appealed the suspension and appeared in five games while awaiting a decision. In the interim, he was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with shoulder inflammation.
Kelly, 32, is expected to start serving his suspension when his IL stint is complete. He has not given up a run in seven appearances this season, although he has struggled with his control, walking five batters with two wild pitches in 6 1/3 innings.
In nine seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Dodgers, Kelly is 48-29 with a 3.89 ERA in 312 appearances, 79 of which are starts. He has been used exclusively as a reliever since 2017.
--Field Level Media