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Washington Nationals designates Shawn Kelley for assignment after win against Mets

Rizzo termed Kelley's antics as "a selfish act," while Nationals manager Dave Martinez told Kelley it was "disrespectful to the organization."


Reuters Last Updated at 02 Aug 2018, 00:08 IST United States

The Washington Nationals designated reliever Shawn Kelley for assignment on Wednesday one day after he threw a tirade in the final inning of a 25-4 victory over the New York Mets.

Kelley slammed his glove to the ground after giving up a two-run home run to Austin Jackson and appeared to the one person unhappy after the historic offensive showing for the Washington Nationals. And general manager Mike Rizzo took notice.

"You're either in or you're in the way," Rizzo said. "I thought he was in the way."

Rizzo termed Kelley's antics as "a selfish act," while Nationals manager Dave Martinez told Kelley it was "disrespectful to the organization."

Kelley's agent, Mike McCann, said the right-hander's frustration had nothing do with being asked to enter the game with Washington leading 25-1. He said his client became frustrated because home-plate umpire Adrian Johnson asked him to work more quickly while second-base umpire Tripp Gibson requested he slow down or be called for a balk.

Kelley, who gave up three runs in the inning, apologized for his actions through his agent and the duo had no response to Rizzo's comments.

"He knows throwing the glove was wrong," McCann said. "It was unfortunate, but it had absolutely nothing to do with frustration with the Nationals. He wishes the Nationals and his teammates the best of luck the rest of the way."

Taking Kelley's place on the roster is Triple-A call-up Jimmy Cordero, a right-hander who has a 1.67 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 43 innings at Syracuse this season.

Kelley is 1-0 this season with a 3.34 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings.

The 25 runs were a franchise high for Washington, which finished with 26 hits and five homers.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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