Joe Kelly Suffered Back Injury from Standing Too Long While Cooking Cajun Food

Megan ArmstrongContributor IIMarch 8, 2019

Los Angeles Dodgers' Joe Kelly throws during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly is the early leader for 2019's weirdest MLB injury.

Kelly, who joined the Dodgers on a three-year, $25 million deal in December, was cooking Cajun food. While most would guess his signature glasses fogging up would be the biggest inconvenience stemming from his cooking, the reality is more unfortunate.

Kelly is dealing with back tightness due to standing too long, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times on Friday. Shaikin also noted Kelly was expected to throw a Friday bullpen session and return to game action "soon."

This will be Kelly's first year as a Dodger—his hometown team—after he spent the last four with the Boston Red Sox, who defeated Los Angeles in last season's World Series.

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