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Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly expected to miss rest of postseason with bicep injury

Yardbarker logo Yardbarker 10/22/2021 Victor Barbosa, Yardbarker
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly. © Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly.

The Los Angeles Dodgers staved off elimination on Thursday night with an 11-2 rout of the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the NLCS to make it a 3-2 series deficit. It wasn't all good news, however. Whether or not they force a Game 7 or make yet another World Series appearance, relief pitcher Joe Kelly won't be taking the mound again in the 2021 postseason.

Kelly is the latest in a string of key Dodgers players to go down with season-ending injuries. Two-time All-Star infielders Max Muncy and Justin Turner have hit the shelf, as has southpaw ace Clayton Kershaw.

Playing in his 10th MLB season, and third with the Dodgers, Kelly went 2-0 with a pair of saves and a 2.86 ERA and 0.97 WHIP this year. The two-time World Series champion flamethrower struck out 50 batters in 44 innings this season and was one of the pieces of the L.A. bullpen bridge to closer Kenley Jansen.

This October, Kelly had pitched in seven of the team's 11 playoff games, posting 1-0 mark with a 5.06 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across 5 1/3 innings.

Game 6 between the Dodgers and Braves is scheduled to begin at 5:08 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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