There were a couple of off day moves for the Dodgers on Thursday. The club announced that right-hander Joe Kelly would be coming off the injured list and joining the team in time for the series in Anaheim starting on Friday. In a corresponding move, left-hander Scott Alexander was placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation. The move is retroactive to May 3.
Kelly will be making his season debut when he finally gets into a game. He spent spring training and the first month of the season rehabbing from offseason surgery to remove a cyst from his right shoulder. The 32-year-old is entering his third and final season with Los Angeles.
The Alexander move explains a few pitching decisions made during the Dodgers’ recent series with the Chicago Cubs. Dave Roberts said that the hurler was unavailable to pitch in Tuesday’s doubleheader but available on Wednesday. However, he did not appear in a game that very much could have likely used him.
The left-hander is in his fourth season with the Dodgers and has posted a 3.44 ERA in 127 games with LA.