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Dodgers: Joe Kelly Placed on the Injured List, Adam Kolarek Recalled



The Dodgers will be getting a little bit ahead of Joe Kelly’s suspension starting today. The team placed Kelly on the injured list retroactive to August 9th with what they are calling right shoulder inflammation. 

In a corresponding move with Kelly going to the IL, left-handed reliever Adam Koalrek has been recalled. Kolarek will be a fresh arm for the Dodgers out of the bullpen tonight against San Diego.

The move is likely nothing more than the Dodgers preparing for Kelly’s suspension to be upheld. Whatever the number of games ends up being, the decision is likely to come today or tomorrow. Better to have a guy in the bullpen ready to go in his place, hence the move. 

Kelly’s appeal hearing for his 8-game suspension was moved back to today. He got that suspension for throwing at Astros players and inciting a benches-clearing incident. It’s unclear at this point how long the league will suspend the Dodgers reliever for. 

For Adam Kolarek, this represents a new opportunity to show he can get right-handed hitters out. So far in 2020, he has held them to a .250 batting average in limited appearances. Kolarek has also not been charged with a run in his 3.1 innings of work. The Dodgers optioned him to the alternate site when rosters went down to 28 players last week.

The Dodgers will play the Padres in a four-game series starting tonight in Los Angeles. 

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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. I heard about the brawl between the A’s and THE CHEATERS!! So here we go again HUH…And of course Commisioner manfred will not do his JOB and suspend the coach for instigating what took place at the game!! Manfred why do you PROTECT THE CHEATERS like you do!! And of course YOU do not have a answer for us DO YOU!!!!!!

  2. Last time I looked Kolarek had an ERA of zero. That’s pretty good right. You can’t allow fewer runs than zero. Right. Give him as many shots as you can. He deserves it. He has really improved against RHP. The Dodgers have a deep bullpen. It is the best in baseball despite the continuing Jansen question mark. But Kolarek has earned the right to pitch. It may not be on the same level as May earning the right to start, but it’s the same principle. Reward performance. Gonsolin deserves more shots too.

  3. HEY MANFRED… HOW MUCH IS THE ASTRO ORGANISATION PAYING YOU TO NOT PUNISH THEM CORRECTLY… YOU are in No way even close to being an upright Man.. You are low and dishonest. CHEATING is Cheating and you have an unlimited amount of neglect for doing your job… I am sorry except when it comes to other teams that are playing your team the Ass-tros… You sir give the sport a black eye for your choice in NOT STRIPPING the ASS-TROS OF THE TITLE… YOU STINK MR.

  4. When a player is suspended he can’t do the time when he is on the IL. So I see no strategy here except that Kelly is truly injured. If he was sore or tired ,but not on the IL he could be recovering while serving his suspension, but that’s not the case here

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