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Top Carson Kelly News

  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Starting Game 1

    Kelly (ribs) is starting behind the plate and batting eighth in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader versus St. Louis.

    Kelly has been dealing with soreness in his left ribcage recently but will start Game 1 of Tuesday's twin bill, which is his first start since April 23. Jake Rogers should be behind the plate in the nightcap.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Won't start, but available Saturday

    Kelly (ribs) is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

    Kelly was scratched ahead of Friday's game against Kansas City due to left ribcage soreness. While Kelly won't start Saturday, Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said that the backup catcher is available for the contest, per Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Wasn't available after all

    Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said that Kelly (ribs) wasn't available off the bench after all Friday, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    Kelly was a late scratch from the lineup after his left ribcage "locked up" on him pregame. While the team isn't overly concerned about the injury, Hinch indicated that the injured list is a possibility since the club doesn't want to play short at catcher. Jake Rogers will be the Tigers' primary backstop while Kelly recovers.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Scratched with sore ribcage

    Kelly was scratched from the lineup for Friday's game against the Royals due to left ribcage soreness.

    The Tigers are saying Kelly will be available off the bench, so while the injury was enough to knock him out of the starting lineup, it doesn't sound like it's a long-term concern. Jake Rogers will now do the catching for Reese Olson.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Losing work to Jake Rogers

    Kelly is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rays.

    Kelly is on the bench for a third straight game and may have moved into the clear No. 2 role behind the plate for the Tigers after he and Jake Rogers had operated in a timeshare for much of the first month of the season. Kelly's playing time has tailed off as his bat has cooled down; since going 3-for-5 in his first start of the season March 30 versus the White Sox, Kelly has slashed .139/.184/.250.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Sits down Saturday

    Kelly isn't in the Tigers' lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.

    Kelly will get a day off Saturday after going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts during Friday's series opener. Jake Rogers will start behind the plate instead and bat ninth.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Losing work to Rogers

    Kelly is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Kelly started behind the dish Sunday and Monday but will now take a seat for the second day in a row while Jake Rogers gets another turn at catcher. With Kelly stuck in a 1-for-17 rut at the plate over his last six games, he appears to have fallen into a timeshare with Rogers.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Sitting out nightcap

    Kelly isn't in the Tigers' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.

    After going 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored during Game 1, Kelly will get a breather in the nightcap. Jake Rogers will take his place behind the plate and bat ninth.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Hits key home run in win

    Kelly went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run in Monday's 5-0, 10-inning win over the Mets.

    The game was tied 0-0 entering extra innings, but the Tigers scraped together two runs before Kelly's big blast put the contest out of reach. The 29-year-old is off to a good start with a 1.278 OPS across three games. Kelly and Jake Rogers both started in this one, with the latter serving as DH, and the two should continue to split time behind the plate in Detroit moving forward.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Tallies three hits Saturday

    Kelly went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Saturday's 7-6, 10-inning win over the White Sox.

    Kelly started at catcher and batted seventh in the contest with Jake Rogers getting the day off. That's one start apiece for the two catchers, and it will be worth monitoring the playing time split moving forward. Kelly seems to be the backup at the moment, though he could seize a larger role if he outplays Rogers. Both players could also start at the same time against southpaws with one of them serving as the DH.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Could see time at DH

    Kelly could see some time at DH this year on days when Jake Rogers starts behind the plate, Evan Woodbery of reports.

    Kelly was already expected to see a sizable role as the backup catcher, and time at DH would boost his prospects further. Rogers should still play more frequently, though Kelly will be involved it seems, particularly against left-handed pitchers, as he posted an .801 OPS against southpaws last season. His value would increase if Rogers were to deal with an injury at any point.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Expected to play often

    Kelly is expected to receive a significant amount of playing time at catcher for the Tigers this season, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    Kelly may not be part of a full-on timeshare with Jake Rogers, but the veteran backstop has impressed the club this spring after making offseason swing changes. The 29-year-old cranked his second Grapefruit League home run Wednesday and is currently sitting on an .897 OPS in 12 games. Kelly has slashed just .210/.281/.320 over the last two seasons but had a .768 OPS in the three seasons prior to that.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Set to return to Detroit

    The Tigers plan to exercise Kelly's $3.5 million team option for 2024, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    After getting released by Arizona in mid-August, Kelly caught on with the Tigers shortly thereafter on a prorated one-year, $720,000 deal that included the club option for 2024. Over 19 games with the Tigers, Kelly hit just .173 and got on base at a .271 clip, but the organization was evidently satisfied enough with how the 29-year-old handled the pitching staff and acquitted himself defensively to justify bringing him back for 2024. Kelly will likely head into Opening Day as the Tigers' No. 2 catcher behind Jake Rogers.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Goes yard Friday

    Kelly went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Friday's 8-2 loss to the Athletics.

    Kelly has seen somewhat limited playing time since signing with the Tigers on Aug. 19. He hasn't done much to earn more either, batting .190 (8-for-42) over 15 games with his new team, with his homer Friday being his first as a Tiger. He has a .214/.270/.302 slash line with two long balls, 11 RBI, 11 runs scored and one stolen base over 48 contests between Detroit and Arizona this season.

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  • Tigers' Carson Kelly: Signs with Detroit

    Kelly and the Tigers agreed on a major-league contract with a club option for 2024 on Saturday, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Kelly was released by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, but it didn't take long for him to find a new squad. The catcher struggled to a .226 average with one homer, six RBI, six runs and a stolen base over 84 at-bats in 33 games with Arizona this season. Kelly will seemingly replace Eric Haase as Detroit's primary backup behind Jake Rogers moving forward after Haase was designated for assignment Saturday.

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  • Carson Kelly: Cut by Arizona

    The Diamondbacks released Kelly on Tuesday.

    After being designated for assignment Sunday, Kelly will now begin the search for a new organization. The 29-year-old backstop was slashing .226/.283/.298 through 92 plate appearances this season and should at least draw a minor-league contract from another team.

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  • Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly: Designated for assignment

    Kelly was designated for assignment Sunday.

    Dating back to the start of last season, Kelly is slashing .214/.283/.327, and while he is generally regarded as a solid defender, the Diamondbacks decided Jose Herrera is the preferred backup option to Gabriel Moreno going forward. Given that Kelly is owed the remainder of a $4.3 million deal this season, he will likely pass through waivers and head to Triple-A Reno.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 212 lbs
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Age: 29
Experience: 8
Bats/Throws: R, R