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Joe Kelly takes line drive off of wrist

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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.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.