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.
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, 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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