SAN FRANCISCO – Shawn Kelley had no idea that something was wrong with his right elbow as he jogged off the visitor's bullpen and his warmup pitch in the sixth inning threw Monday night at AT & T Park. Then, in his first litter in a week's game, the right-handers of the Washington Nationals felt a familiar sensation as he watched Mac Williamson shatter a 464-foot, two-run homerun.
Kelley immediately said he felt something was wrong. He did not get the right extension. The ball had no life. His next two places were an 89-mph fastball for a ball and a 78-mph slider for a shot. He then spiked a pitch that lure coach Paul Lessard out of the dugout. That ended Kelley's night. After the game, the head of the national team, Dave Martinez, said that Kelley was dealing with ulnar nerve irritation, a troubling diagnosis for a pitcher who has undergone two Tommy John operations. He will probably go to the disabled list.
"It's another day in the life of my elbow," said Kelley
Kelley has not appeared in a match since the 6th throw against the Mets on April 16th. But he got up in the bullpen to warm up at least a couple of times during the idle period, saying he felt better than the years, which he unexpectedly did on Monday.
"I know it's early, but for me, in April, especially in cold weather, my speed was high, my strength was good," Kelley said. "The things I did with the boys in the weight room and in the gym were really good, it was probably the best thing I've had in years …
" This one is a bit puzzling. As I said, sometimes I can point to something or think back to something, but this time it was a headache.
When Kelley goes on the list of the disabled, it will be his fourth time in the past 11 months, where he was last season for back, neck and elbow injuries., He took an injection for the elbow last fall, to accelerate recovery, ending a season in which he placed 7.27 ERA in 26 innings and the highest homer rate among the baseball enthusiasts.
"You know, I've been through a lot of shit in my arm and career I try not to worry too much or think too far down, "Kelley said." Come tomorrow and check it out. Sometimes it jumps back. Rest, come back tomorrow and do a few exercises, do a few things and get the trainers and doctors and see where it is. Normally I can say in a few days if it calms down or it is something more serious. I'll just take a few days to rest and throw baseball again. "
Kelley, 33, signed a three-year contract worth $ 15 million before the 2016 season, starting his Nationals tenure by winning a 2.64 ERA and grazing 12.4 doughs per nine innings in 67 appearances Performance as Washington's first set-up man drove him into the competition last spring, and he got the job in April before he landed on the disabled list for the first time, and now has 15 home runs in 32 innings over the past two seasons including three homeruns to the last 15 batches he faced, and his immediate future is once again unclear.
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