On July 28, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent outfielder Trayce Thompson and pitchers Nick Nastrini and Jordan Leasure to the Chicago White Sox to acquire right-handers Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly.
Kelly already knew what it was like to pitch with the Dodgers, as he did it from 2019 to 2021.
After pitching 3.2 scoreless innings for his new team since being re-acquired, Kelly got hurt a couple of days ago.
On Sunday, the Dodgers placed Kelly on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to August 10, with right forearm inflammation.
According to a recent report by Dodgers insider Fabian Ardaya, Kelly could be out until later this month.
“Dodgers didn’t announce a corresponding move, so they’re down a man today. Kelly’s IL placement is retro to Aug. 10, so soonest he could be active is Aug. 25,” Ardaya tweeted.
Dodgers didn't announce a corresponding move, so they're down a man today. Kelly's IL placement is retro to Aug. 10, so soonest he could be active is Aug. 25.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 13, 2023
There are no guarantees that we will see Kelly by August 25, but that’s the absolute earliest he can return.
Given the nature of his injury, the Dodgers are expected to take things slow and make sure he is 100 percent healthy before even thinking about a return to action.
Both Kelly and Lynn had been excellent since coming over from the White Sox, to the surprise of absolutely no one.
Kelly had accumulated seven strikeouts over those 3.2 innings, while Lynn has pitched 18 innings with his new teammates and has a 2.00 ERA after posting a 6.47 mark in Chicago.
The Dodgers are hoping they can get Kelly back soon, as they could sure use him in October and during the stretch run while they seal their postseason ticket.NEXT: Max Muncy Continues To Show Off His Underrated Value