Fastball pitcher Joe Kelly (35), who has been sluggish for two years after signing a free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox, suffered an embarrassing injury and withdrew from power.
The White Sox put Kelly on the 15-day injured list (IL) on the 11th (hereafter Korean time). The cause was a right groin sprain. According to the ‘Chicago Sun-Times’, it was an injury sustained while clearing the bench against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the 10th.
It started when Pittsburgh third base runner O’Neill Cruz collided with 스포츠토토White Sox catcher Sevi Zavala in the 6th inning of the game at PNC Park while sliding home. Immediately after the collision, Zabila shouted at Cruz, and players from both teams confronted each other by clearing the bench.
The situation ended without a physical collision or ejection, but Cruz broke his left ankle and was forced to leave for up to four months of rehabilitation. The White Sox also had an injury, and it was Kelly. The pain came to his groin while running from the outfield bullpen after the bench clearing occurred.
Kelly signed a two-year, $17 million free agent deal with the White Sox in March of last year. Although he was treated well as a bullpen pitcher, he struggled from his first year with a 6.08 earned run average with 1 win, 3 losses, 1 save and 15 holds in 43 games.
He struck out 53 in 37 innings with a sinker averaging 97.9 miles (157.6 km), but his control was unstable with 23 ballpoint pens, and he had many ups and downs. He is also not good this year with an ERA of 10.13 with 1 loss and 1 hold in 3 games.
In his first appearance of the season, against the Houston Astros on the 2nd, he gave up the winning run in the 7th inning in a 3-3 tie and became a losing pitcher. 6.35 earned run average in the two years following his free agency signing. On top of that, he suffered an embarrassing injury, making it frustrating for the White Sox.
Right-handed fireballer Kelly, who made his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years from 2019 to 2021 after going through the Boston Red Sox. He was treated well for 3 years and 25 million dollars and wore a Dodgers uniform. In the first year of 2019, he did not meet expectations, but in 2020 he helped to win as a member of the World Series. Even in 2021, he played 48 games (44 innings) with 2 wins, 2 saves, 13 holds, an earned run average of 2.86 and 50 strikeouts.
However, the Dodgers did not exercise their 2022 $12 million club option on Kelly after the season. He paid a $4 million buyout and ended his relationship with Kelly. Kelly hoped to renew the contract, but the Dodgers did not move. It was said that it was surprising to give up Kelly, who had good grades, but there was an aftermath of a biceps injury in the postseason.
Even after signing with the White Sox, Kelly, who was on the disabled list from the start of the season due to biceps problems, injured his left hamstring and was out for three weeks from mid-May. It is proving that the Dodgers’ choice of giving up Kelly was not wrong while continuing its sluggish performance this year.