Dodgers News: RHP Joe Kelly Activated From IL

LHP Scott Alexander To IL

It’s only been 32 games, but already the Dodgers bullpen has become a revolving door of pitchers being activated from and going to the injured list.

On Thursday, the Dodgers activated RHP (& cult hero) Joe Kelly from the IL and subsequently placed LHP Scott Alexander on the IL with shoulder inflammation, the club announced.

Kelly has been sidelined since the beginning of Spring Training with a shoulder injury, which he needed surgery on. During his suspension from making the infamous “face” towards the Houston Astros last season, doctors tested him and found “massive cysts,” Kelly said. He ended up pitching through the discomfort during a few appearances in the regular season and postseason.

Kelly hasn’t been all that effective with the Dodgers yet, posting a 4.11 ERA in 67 regular season games from 2019-2020.

As for Alexander, his IL stint will be retroactive to May 3, according to the Dodgers. This injury comes at a bad time for Alexander and for the club because he’s had a solid 2021 season so far. He’s appeared in 13 games, posting a 2.31 ERA with 5 Ks, and WHIP of 0.868.

Jake Reiner is a writer & editor for Dodgers Tailgate. He’s also the host of the Meeting on the Mound with Jake Reiner podcast and co-host of The Incline: Dodgers podcast. You can follow him on Twitter here @Reiner_Jake.

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