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.

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Nationals Jettison Kelley After Mound Outburst Vs. Mets

August 01, 2018 - 12:06 pm
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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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