The Dodgers will not be without Joe Kelly for 8 games as they had previously suspected. After being handed down the hefty suspension from MLB, Kelly made the decision to appeal. It took much longer than anticipated, but a decision has been made.
After the appeal hearing on Monday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not yet have any information. He did say that he expected a decision to be handed down in the coming days. As a result of the hearing, Kelly will only be suspended 5 games.
Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly, who was suspended for eight games for throwing at Houston Astros batters, had his ban reduced to five games on appeal, sources tell me and @kileymcd.
First with the successful appeal was @Jared_Carrabis.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 12, 2020
Kelly was issued the suspension for his part in a benches-clearing incident with the Astros. The league cited his past of intentionally throwing at hitters as reasoning for his longer than usual ban. The Dodgers pitcher would have previously had to sit out the equivalent of 22 games in a 162 game season. Here is the original release from MLB on the suspension:
Kelly, who has previously been suspended in his career for intentional throwing, threw a pitch in the area of the head of Alex Bregman and layer taunted Carlos Correa, which led to the benches clearing.
The Dodgers placed Joe Kelly on the injured list on Monday with shoulder inflammation. He will not be eligible to serve out the suspension until he is activated by the team. So theoretically, they could decide what games they want him to miss.