D-backs reinstate Merrill Kelly, place Tyler Gilbert on IL

Sep 15, 2021, 5:02 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) throws against the San Francisco Giants du...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated starting pitcher Merrill Kelly on Wednesday and placed fellow starter Tyler Gilbert on the 10-day injured list due to elbow fatigue.

In addition, the team transferred Kevin Ginkel to the 60-day injured list with right elbow inflammation.

Kelly, 32, will start for the D-backs on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It will be the right-hander’s first outing since landing on the COVID-19 list in mid-August. His return comes after a solid two-month stretch when Kelly dropped his ERA from 5.40 to 4.30, allowing 21 earned runs over his last 10 outings.

Gilbert was six starts into his first time as a part of a Major League rotation. After notoriously throwing a no-hitter in his first-ever start, Gilbert has been solid, posting a 3.15 ERA as a starter.

Ginkel was sent to Triple-A Reno on June 21, and his last outing was on June 22. With the D-backs, Ginkel had a 6.35 ERA in 32 games.

Kelly’s first start back has a 7:10 p.m. first pitch time in Los Angeles. You can hear that game on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

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