Kelly joins Phillies after trade with Blue Jays

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“Wherever they tell me to go,” said Kelly, who replaced injured right-hander Aaron Nola on the 25-man roster.

Kelly, 28, played 39 games with the Mets last season and one this season, posting a .686 OPS in 72 plate appearances. He made the Opening Day roster, but was designated for assignment and claimed by the Blue Jays on April 10. He has played six positions in the big leagues: first base, second base, third base, left field, center field and right field. He also served as the Mets’ emergency catcher.

“For most of my career, I’ve moved around a lot,” said Kelly, who also has played in the Baltimore, St. Louis and Seattle organizations since being drafted in 2009. “It’s just expanded the more I’ve played. I started in the infield and slowly started playing outfield. And then it just turned into everywhere.”

Kelly has played shortstop in the Minor Leagues. He even pitched an inning in 2014 with Triple-A Tacoma. He retired the side on just five pitches.

“Fastballs, four-seamers,” said Kelly, when asked what he threw in that inning. “It read 90 mph at one point, but I was told by the pitchers it was only 89.”

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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