Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly barely lasted a third of an inning during Friday’s 10-6 rout of the Rockies. Kelly replaced Pedro Báez at the top of the ninth inning and worked a 2-1 count against Charlie Blackmon. The final pitch, a 86.3-m.p.h. changeup, was returned for a groundout, but caught Kelly’s right wrist as the right-hander tried to deflect it with his glove.
Kelly was immediately examined and taken out of the game. X-rays returned negative, though it looks like the Dodgers may reevaluate the reliever’s status on Saturday before inserting him in his next game. As no fracture was detected, however, it’s unlikely he’ll be assigned to the injured list. The 30-year-old righty is in the first season of a three-year, $27 million contract with the Dodgers. He pitched to poor results in his two prior appearances for the club this spring, collecting a blown save and blown loss in nail-biting losses to the Diamondbacks and Giants, respectively.
With Kelly off the mound, Yimi García took the ball and allowed two solo home runs to David Dahl and Trevor Story before closing out the inning. The Dodgers earned their sixth win of the year, powered in part by home runs from Max Muncy, Russell Martin, and Cody Bellinger, the latter of whom boosted his league-leading total to six homers after belting a 413-footer off of Tyler Anderson in the fifth.