Washington Nationals relief pitcher Shawn Kelley reacts after giving up a two-run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets on July 31, 2018, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.


Nationals Jettison Kelley After Mound Outburst Vs. Mets

August 01, 2018 - 12:06 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shawn Kelley's outburst on the mound got him booted from the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals designated Kelley for assignment on Tuesday, a day after he threw his glove to the ground and glared into the dugout while working the ninth inning of a 25-4 blowout of the New York Mets.

Manager Dave Martinez and general manager Mike Rizzo say Kelley's actions were disrespectful and unprofessional.

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The 34-year-old Kelley signed as a free agent with Washington in December 2015 and appeared in 135 games with the team. He had a 3.34 ERA in 35 appearances this season. He has pitched in 424 games, all in relief, over 10 seasons with four teams, including the Yankees, and has a 3.73 career ERA.

Washington recalled right-hander Jimmy Cordero from Triple-A Syracuse to take Kelley's place on the roster.

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