LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers activated right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly from the injured list and optioned right-handed pitcher Kyle Hurt.
Kelly, 35, returns after missing 29 games with right forearm inflammation. He made two rehab appearances with Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, tossing 1.2 innings and recording one win. On the season, he has appeared in four games for the Dodgers, striking out seven in 3.2 innings. On the season, he is a combined 2-5 with a 4.41 ERA (16 ER/32.2 IP) and 48 strikeouts in 35 games with Chicago-AL and Los Angeles. He has been in the Major Leagues parts of 12 seasons with St. Louis (2012-14), Boston (2014-18), Los Angeles (2019-21), Chicago-AL (2022-23) and Los Angeles (2023) and he is a combined 53-37 with a 3.96 ERA (352 ER/800.1 IP) and 720 strikeouts in 443 games (81 starts). He was originally drafted in the third round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft out of UC Riverside by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Hurt, 25, made his Major League debut last night, tossing 2.0 scoreless and finishing his night by striking out the side in the ninth inning. Prior to joining the Dodgers, he split the season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, going a combined 4-4 with a 3.87 ERA (38 ER/88.1 IP) and 145 strikeouts in 25 games. The No. 12 prospect in the Dodgers organization according to MLB.com was acquired from the Marlins on February 12, 2021 along with left-handed pitcher Alex Vesia in exchange for right-hander Dylan Floro. In three minor league seasons, he is a combined 11-13 with a 4.62 ERA with 290 strikeouts in 181 innings. The Southern California native was drafted by the Marlins in fifth round of the 2020 First Year Player Draft out of USC.