Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly exits game with leg cramp vs. Dodgers

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Aug 9, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA;  Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) throws in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field.
Aug 9, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) throws in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly departed Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning with an apparent leg injury

The team later announced that Kelly left with a right leg cramp

After throwing his second pitch of the inning to Chris Taylor, Kelly appeared gimpy and Arizona manager Torey Lovullo and a trainer hustled to the mound

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After a discussion, Kelly departed and was replaced by right-hander Kevin Ginkel

Part of Arizona's concern lies in the fact that Kelly recently missed a month due to a blood clot in his right calf. He was activated on July 25 and Tuesday's start was his fourth since being reinstated from the 15-day injured list

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Kelly allowed six hits and struck out two before exiting in what was a scoreless tie at the time. He was charged with two walks, the second coming when Ginkel threw two balls to Taylor to complete the at-bat

Kelly, 34, remains 0-10 all-time against the Dodgers in 15 career starts

--Field Level Medi