Depending on the severity of the rift, Kelly’s season could be in jeopardy and, at the very least, he envisions a long absence. Kelly previously missed time in May with a broken toe, although that only resulted in a minimum 10-day stay on the injured list.
This is another negative note for Kelly and the Diamondbacks during what has become a nightmare season in Arizona. Kelly’s performance was one of the few bright spots, as he has a .260 / .385 / .460 slash line and eight home runs in 187 home plate appearances. It was a nice rebounding performance after a lackluster 2020 season for Kelly, who was acquired from the Cardinals as part of the Paul Goldschmidt trade in December 2018.
Between his strong 2019 numbers and this year’s breakthrough, Kelly certainly seemed to be living up to his record as receiving the Diamondbacks of the future and the present. Despite Arizona’s miserable season, it didn’t look like Kelly (so healthy) was a realistic business candidate, as general manager Mike Hazen recently suggested the D’Backs would look to settle on a ” anchor”Core group of players as they reload and hope for better things in 2022. Kelly would seem to fit that billing, as he’s being controlled throughout the 2024 season.
While Kelly is out of action, the D’Backs would have the chance to give the best hope Daulton Varsho rather a look behind the plate. Varsho has just 56 games and 159 PA at the major league level over the past two seasons, with more playing time as an outfielder rather than a catcher. Varsho and Vogt could potentially share capturing tasks while Kelly is sidelined, with Varsho also playing the outfield on days Vogt starts.