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Diamondbacks add SP Merrill Kelly to 15-day IL with calf injury

We discuss the news that the Diamondbacks are adding Merrill Kelly to the injured list with right calf inflammation.

Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at Oracle Park on June 24, 2023 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that they have added starting pitcher Merrill Kelly to the 15-day injured list with right calf inflammation. The move is retroactive to June 25, and there hasn’t been an insight into whether or not it can be expected that Kelly will return when first eligible. Arizona recalled Kevin Ginkel and Justin Martinez from their Triple-A affiliate in a corresponding move.

Kelly has started 16 games this year and has a 9-4 record with a 3.22 ERA. He is one of the driving factors behind Arizona’s first-place standing in the NL West and overall 47-32 record. Kelly has struck out 98 batters in only 95 innings of work. The Diamondbacks are hoping that he can return sooner rather than later and help anchor the rotation led by Zac Gallen. If it is an injury that sidelines Kelly longer than anticipated, Arizona could be re-instating top prospect Brandon Pfaadt, who has pitched in five games at the big league level to an 0-2 record and 8.37 ERA.