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Dodgers: Decision Made by MLB on Joe Kelly’s Suspension Appeal

Joe Kelly will not be getting the 8-game ban he thought he was getting.



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

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. 

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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. MLB and Manfred…YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!! The ASTROS CHEATED to win The world series and all they got was a slap on the wrist and were able to keep their title and their rings and the championship trophy!!!! The Dodgers were robbed as World Series Champions because of what THE CHEATERS DID and you have the nerve to suspend Joe Kelly 5 games..As a lifelong Dodger Fan all I can say is that the commissioner obviously FAVORS the ASTROS A.K.A THE CHEATERS and the sooner you RESIGN the BETTER!!!!

  2. Joe, next time make it count. Not at the head, at the ribs and leave it black and blue for a couple of days. At least hit him.

    • I was disappointed he missed, obviously didn’t want a headshot but breaking their ribs would’ve been better. Still an epic moment however

  3. Even 5 days is wrong. As many people know he didn’t start anything. He stuck out his tongue and told the cry baby to go sit down. Is manfred so spoiled too that he took that as someone starting a fight and a fight that never happened? All the Owners & Team managers need to get together and boot manfred out. Ther’s a lot of other guys out there that can do a better job.

  4. If he had known he would get five games he could have drilled him in the back with a fast ball. We need a lot more Joe Kellys, guys with guts. Don Drysdale was great, one of my favorite Dodgers.

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