Between injuries and struggles, Joe Kelly is not having the season anyone was hoping for when he signed with the White Sox.
His rough 2022 stint only continued when he was forced to leave Saturday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a bruised left knee. Luckily, his X-rays came back negative and he is listed as day-to-day, according to the team.
Kelly originally entered in the top of the ninth to relieve Jose Ruiz. With runners on first and second, Arizona’s left fielder Jake McCarthy lined a ball right back at Kelly, ricocheting off his leg. McCarthy reached first on the play to load up the bases.
Kelly walked around the mound and was visited by the trainer, pitching coach Ethan Katz, and manager Tony La Russa. After further evaluation, Kelly left the game under his own power.
In what’s been a stretch full of injuries and frustration, Kelly is 1-3 with a 7.00 ERA (21 ER/27.0 IP), 35 strikeouts, and 1.70 WHIP. He is in the first of a two-year, $17 million contract. The deal also includes a team option for the 2024 season.
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