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Nationals place reliever Shawn Kelley on 10-Day Disabled List

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 11: Washington Nationals relief pitcher Shawn Kelley (27) pitches in the 11th inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park.. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON– The Washington Nationals have lost a key reliever to injury.

The team has placed P Shawn Kelley on the 10-Day Disabled List as he deals with a bout of of ulnar nerve irritation, according to

Kelley, 33, dealt with injury and poor performance in 2017, appearing in only 33 games with a 7.27 ERA.

So far this season, Kelley had rebounded with a 4.50 ERA in 8 games.

It is unknown whether Kelley will require a longer stay on the Disabled List than 10 days.