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Brad Keller is being shut down for the year

The right-hander ends the year with 165 1⁄3 innings pitched.

Oakland Athletics v Kansas City Royals Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Brad Keller will be shut down for the year, announced manager Ned Yost today. Danny Duffy is expected to re-join the rotation this weekend and would replace Keller. Keller has pitched a career-high 165 13 innings this year. The most he had pitched in a professional season prior to this was 142 innings in 2015.

The Royals had previously said that Keller would be on an undefined innings limit last week, then said he would not last 100 pitches in a game the rest of the year. Keller was lit up on Monday by the Oakland Athletics, giving up five runs in just 1 1/3 innings and 43 pitches before he was lifted.

The 24-year old right-hander has said he’ll take more time to rest this off-season to recover from the larger workload, admitting he started earlier than needed last year because he was antsy.

Keller finishes the season with a 4.19 ERA and 122 strikeouts. He currently leads the league in losses with 14 and walks with 70. He is 44th among 68 qualified starting pitchers in WAR, according to Fangraphs, with 2.2.