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Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly scratched with a shoulder injury – Winnipeg Free Press

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly, a standout player during the 2023 postseason, was scratched from his scheduled start against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday with an injury to his throwing shoulder.

Kelly underwent an MRI in San Francisco but is expected to undergo another MRI on Monday in Phoenix. Kelly said he has a teres major strain.

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said the team has not yet made a decision on Kelly’s immediate future, including a possible trip to the injured list.

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 15, 2024, in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 15, 2024, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Kelly said he felt uncomfortable making “four or five throws” while playing catch Saturday and immediately told team athletic trainers.

“It’s a very mild sensation, but in my mind I feel like I can just tell it was different than normal,” Kelly said. “Obviously, over the course of the season, over the course of our lives, we’ve all felt things in our arm when we let go of a baseball. I think at this point in my career I’m pretty good at telling the difference between what’s okay to continue and what’s not.

Kelly’s injury comes two days after the Diamondbacks placed starter Ryne Nelson on the injured list with a bruised throwing elbow. Nelson was hit by a line drive by the Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski in the series opener on Thursday night.