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Marlins sign veteran Kelly to Minors deal

Utility man will attend Major League Spring Training
MLB.com @JoeFrisaro

MIAMI -- Don Kelly is getting a second chance with the Marlins. The veteran utility player, who played in just two games for Miami last year, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

In 2015, Kelly made the Marlins as a non-roster invitee, but he fractured his right ring finger in April and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in July. The Marlins now have 63 players set to report to Spring Training.

MIAMI -- Don Kelly is getting a second chance with the Marlins. The veteran utility player, who played in just two games for Miami last year, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

In 2015, Kelly made the Marlins as a non-roster invitee, but he fractured his right ring finger in April and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in July. The Marlins now have 63 players set to report to Spring Training.

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Kelly, who turns 36 on Feb. 16, is an eight-year MLB veteran who enjoyed the most success with the Tigers from 2009-14.

Highly versatile, Kelly has at some point played every position on the field, including one pitching appearance in 2011. When he made the Marlins last spring, it was as a reserve infielder who could play in the outfield. He was the team's emergency third catcher.

Kelly played just 2 1/3 innings in 2015, though. He fractured his ring finger while fielding a ground ball on April 12 against Tampa Bay. During his recovery, he injured his throwing elbow, resulting in Tommy John surgery.

Kelly is a .232 career hitter with 23 home runs and 95 RBIs.

Pitchers and catchers workouts for the Marlins begin on Feb. 19, and full-squad workouts get underway on Feb. 23.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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