Right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley, who’s fought injuries as often as he’s face opposing batters, has had a setback in his comeback from major elbow surgery and won’teen attempt to pitch again for a month.
After making three appearances in Class AA over the last 10 games, Kelley was stopped by discomfort, consulted physicians and was given a platelet rich plasma injection in his right elbow – the same procedure that helped Cliff Lee in the spring of 2010.
Kelley had ‘Tommy John’ surgery Sept. 11, 2010, but was ahead of schedule in his rehab work until hitting a road block that doctors say is not unusual.
In parts of two seasons, Kelley has gone 8-5 in 63 appearances with Seattle, with a 4.31 earned run average. A high-energey, high-velocity, maximum-effort pitcher and person, Kelley has missed considerable time to injuries in all three years he’s been on the roster.