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Nationals send cast-away reliever Shawn Kelley to A’s

Michael Dixon

The Washington Nationals have found a new home for reliever Shawn Kelley. On Sunday, it was announced that Kelley was acquired by the Oakland Athletics.

Kelley was designated for assignment following Tuesday’s blowout win over the New York Mets. Despite the lopsided score, Kelley slammed his glove to the glove in anger while on the mound. That drew sharp criticism from general manager Mike Rizzo. Kelley expressed frustration with the umpires.

Kelley, 34, has a 3.34 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP on the year. In 35 appearances, he’s struck out 32 hitters over 32.1 innings.