With Howie Kendrick on the DL, and the injury appearing worse than originally thought, the Phillies added some depth in the form of Ty Kelly. The 28-year old Kelly was designated for assignment by Toronto, and the two teams worked out a cash deal to send Kelly to Philadelphia. Where the Phillies will assign Kelly still isn't known, but it's possible that he could be with the major league club, giving them some depth in both the infield and the outfield.
Kelly played every position except catcher and pitcher with the Mets Triple-A team in Las Vegas last season. Primarily, Kelly is accustomed to playing shortstop, third base and left field.
After making his major league debut with the Mets last May, Kelly went on to play 39 games for New York last season with a line of 1-7-.241/.352/.345 in the majors. Kelly was initially drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 2009 Draft, and has played parts of nine seasons in the minors for the Orioles, Mariners, Blue Jays, Cardinals and Mets. He has twice been traded, once from Baltimore to Seattle for outfielder/first baseman Eric Thames, and then from Seattle to St. Louis for pitcher Sam Gaviglio. In nine major league seasons, he's put together a stats line of 44-405-.280/.381/.380.
This season, Kelly has played one game in the majors for the Mets, prior to being designated for assignment and eventually placed on waivers. He also played two games for Triple-A Buffalo in the Toronto organization, going 2-for-8 with an RBI.
If Kelly is assigned to the Phillies, the likely odd-man-out would be reliever Mark Leiter. The Phillies purchased the contract of Leiter on April 18th, but he has yet to appear in a major league game with the team, and would likely be optioned back to Lehigh Valley to make room for Kelly.
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