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Dodgers' Joe Kelly (biceps) out for rest of postseason

Field Level Media
22 Oct 2021, 16:19 GMT+10

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Joe Kelly left Game 5 of the National League Championship Series in the first inning Thursday with a biceps strain, and he will miss the rest of the playoffs.

Manager Dave Roberts said postgame that Kelly would be replaced on the roster, with left-hander David Price "at the top of the list" of candidates to join the pitching staff.

Kelly, who was given the start in a bullpen game and expected to pitch just one inning, never completed the task, leaving after 28 pitches. He gave up a two-run home run to Freddie Freeman and had a 2-2 count on No. 5 hitter Adam Duvall when he departed.

Kelly called to the Dodgers' bench after a changeup to Duvall that missed the strike zone, and he walked off the field after a short discussion. Evan Phillips replaced him and got the final strike against Duvall.

Phillips (1-0) wound up striking out three in 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and he was credited with the victory as Los Angeles stayed alive with an 11-2 win.

The Dodgers, who trail the Braves 3-2 in the NLCS, have been plagued with injuries in their attempt to repeat as World Series champions.

Max Muncy has not played a postseason game because he dislocated his left elbow on a play at first base in the regular-season finale. Justin Turner is done for the playoffs because he strained his left hamstring in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Thursday's bullpen game was necessitated, in part, because left-hander Clayton Kershaw is not available for the Dodgers because of a left forearm strain that sidelined him for the second time on Oct. 1, during the final weekend of the regular season.

Kelly, 33, was 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in 48 regular-season appearances this year. He went 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA in seven outings (one start) during the 2021 postseason.

Kelly was part of World Series championship teams with the Boston Red Sox in 2018 and the Dodgers in 2020.

Price, 36, hasn't appeared for the Dodgers during the playoffs. He finished 5-2 with a 4.03 ERA in 39 games (11 starts) in the regular season.

Price also was a member of Boston's title team in 2018, but he opted out of the 2020 season, missing Los Angeles' run to the championship.

--Field Level Media

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