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Blake Snell to undergo arthroscopic surgery on left elbow

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The Rays announced on Thursday that starter Blake Snell has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to loose bodies in his left elbow. According to The Athletic’s Josh Tolentino, Snell will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove those loose bodies this weekend. The team expects him back in September.

Snell, 26, could not recapture the magic that led him to win the AL Cy Young Award last year. He heads to the injured list with a 4.28 ERA and a 136/35 K/BB ratio over 101 innings.

The Rays are 10 games out of first place in the AL East, but are just one game out of the second AL Wild Card slot. Thankfully for them, their upcoming schedule is rather light, so if there was a time to lose Snell, this is it.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.