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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Explains Why Joe Kelly Was Not Used in Friday’s Loss

No JK really ended up hurting the team.



Friday night was just another game where Dodgers fans got to watch their bullpen completely meltdown. They scored 3 runs to start the game and David Price handed off the ball to the relievers with a 2-run lead. 

That’s when the wheels really started to come off. Phil Bickford allowed a run to come across and Brusdar Graterol gave up 2 runs of his own to tie up the game. Darien Nunez gave up the lead thanks to a solo homerun in the 9th, and the Dodgers had to come back to tie it up in the home half. 

Jimmie Sherfy would later give up a 3-run homerun in the 10th inning to Charlie Blackmon. But that combination of guys led Dodgers fans to wonder why some of the bigger names didn’t enter the game. Dave Roberts explained why Joe Kelly was not available in addition to Blake Treinen, who has been overworked. 

Just kind of some soreness so we’ll have to see. I think that he will be back online on Sunday. 

Kelly has a history with the Dodgers of having unspecified injuries. That reached a new level when he revealed that he had shoulder surgery to remove a cyst last offseason. But the hope is that just general soreness shut him down.

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Kelly last pitched in a game on Tuesday against the Giants. He came out of the Dodgers bullpen and threw 16 pitches across 1.2 innings of work. He struck out 1 and worked through a completely scoreless outing. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. When I saw Graterol in I new right then and there we were doomed. Why would you put in a minor leaguer in a pro game. This guy really has a problem pitching as I just explained. He offers nothing but a wild fastball. As a matter of fact he does fit in with this minor league lineup. Full of strikeouts and no clutch hits. Right when Cody gets his first hit of the year he’s injured again. This team has some real issues with injuries. Maybe better drugs will help.

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