You might not be surprised to learn that, once again, Joe Kelly is hurting. The oft-injured Dodgers reliever is dealing with reported soreness and his status for Opening Day is very much up in the air.
This week on our Blue Heaven Podcast, we discussed the up and down (mostly down) history of Kelly in Dodger blue and wonder if his contract might be the worst that Andrew Friedman has ever inked.
Plus we talk about Joe’s strange fixation with throwing his curveball last season and how the Dodgers’ excuses for why never quite made sense. And where would Joe Kelly be amongst Dodger fans if he never had that altercation with the Houston Cheaters?
Is there any chance that LA picks up Joe’s $12 million option for 2022? What would a decent season have to look like for Joe to boost his status on the mound? Heck, could the Dodgers even cut bait and let him go if they need a roster spot? Reclamation project pitchers like Jimmy Nelson and eventually Brandon Morrow or Tommy Kahnle will need a roster spot. And there are spring standouts like Garrit Cleavinger or Dennis Santana that may be more deserving.
If Kelly opens the season on the Injured List — which he will — he might be one step closer to potentially never pitching for LA again.
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