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Nationals place Shawn Kelley on 10-day disabled list

October 13 2016: Washington Nationals relief pitcher Shawn Kelley (27) during game 5 of the NLDS at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3. to win the series. (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire)
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The Washington Nationals have officially placed right-handed relief pitcher Shawn Kelley on their 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Sunday morning. The veteran relief pitcher has encountered what is being referred to as a strained right trapezius.

In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Nationals have also elected to recall fellow right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

The 33-year-old Kelley is currently in the midst of his second season as a member of the Nationals. Prior to arriving in our nation’s capital ahead of the 2016 campaign, the seasoned hurler suited up for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres.

A longtime member of the Mariners, Kelley made 67 regular-season relief appearances for the Nationals in 2016 before adding another 22 in 2017. Over the course of an even 18 innings of work thus far in 2017, he has compiled a whopping 7.00 ERA alongside a 3-2 record, four saves, one hold and two blown saves.

He has also managed 20 strikeouts against nine walks for a depleted and struggling Nationals bullpen.

On the other hand, the 25-year-old Cole has made a regular-season appearance as a member of the Nationals in each of the last three seasons. However, he still only has 12 career appearances atop the highest level under his belt, 10 of which have been starts. Over the course of 53.2 innings of work in all, Cole has produced a 4.86 career ERA in addition to a 2-2 record, one save and 50 strikeouts against 19 walks.

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