Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joe Kelly during photo day at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona.
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The 2019 season hasn’t even started yet and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly may have suffered arguably the strangest injury of the year.
Kelly, who signed a three-year, $25 million deal with the Dodgers in the offseason, missed three days while nursing a back injury he suffered during five hours prepping a crawfish boil for a team dinner.
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“It wasn’t pitching. It was cooking,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Friday, according to MLB.com. “Standing a little too long. That’s one of the more unique ones. The message is, I have to keep him away from the stove. We’ll keep him away from the jambalaya.”
Kelly is expected to return to the mound sometime this week.
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The 30-year-old righty helped the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title last year, against the Dodgers. He had a 4.39 ERA in 73 games with 68 strikeouts in 2018. In the World Series, Kelly posted five scoreless outings, striking out 10 in six innings.
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