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56 Joe Kelly SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/175 | Birthdate: 6/9/1988 | Birthplace: Anaheim, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 23/6 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly strikes out three in no-decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits in five innings of work in Boston's 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Sunday. Kelly gave up a run in the first inning when with runners on first and third, he forced Adrian Beltre to groundout, but scored a run.

Then in the third, Kelly allowed another Beltre RBI on a single to center with runners on first and second.

"Every loss is difficult, obviously," Kelly said to MLB.com. "The bullpen pitched a good game, and you know, the error, it hurt. But ultimately we're just going to have to go out there and try to win as many games in a row starting tomorrow and kinda brush this one."

Kelly, who remains 1-4, moved his ERA to 5.83 in 54 innings of work this season. He will look to get back on track on Saturday against the Athletics.

"He made a number of big pitches," Farrell said to The Boston Herald. "There were a lot of high-stress pitches out of him today. He was able to get a key out with multiple runners on base. He battled. He gave us everything he had."


Red Sox using six-man rotation to give starters rest


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Without an off-day on Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell wanted to give his starters an extra day's rest heading into the weekend. So, the team will call up prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to start Thursday's game against the Rangers, with the rest of the rotation being pushed back a day.

Steven Wright, who was originally scheduled to go on Thursday, will now pitch Friday. He will be followed by Wade Miley and Joe Kelly. Clay Buchholz will open the three-game set with the Twins at home on Monday. 

The Red Sox don't have a scheduled off-day until June 8.


Red Sox want Joe Kelly to use curve more often


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) After giving up 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings on Monday, Joe Kelly met with Red Sox manager John Farrell and pitching coach Carl Willis on Tuesday morning to discuss a plan. 

"I contend and strongly believe that his curveball is a major weapon that's got to be used in his pitch mix," Farrell said, per the Boston Herald

Kelly did well in his start against Texas on May 21, when he went to his curve often. 

"He made a very tangible adjustment after three innings of work, when he went to his curveball more than his slider and slowed them down and had some quick and efficient innings. It's part of the education process of Joe as a pitcher, what makes him most effective," Farrell said. 


Red Sox's Joe Kelly chased in second inning of loss vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly didn't make it out of the second inning on Monday, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings in his team's 7-2 loss to the Twins.

"The attitude, the feel, the energy level in the clubhouse this morning was built upon the last two days, and to go out and to have a game like today is very disappointing," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, per MLB.com.

Kelly (1-4) surrendered a run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning before the game turned ugly in the second, when he opened the frame by allowing four straight hits before recording a pair of outs, though a run scored on his second out. He then walked the next batter, served up a three-run home run and allowed a single before being pulled.

"It's not ideal, but I've just got to keep pitching," Kelly said.

Kelly owns a 6.24 ERA and 43:20 K:BB ratio in 49 innings. He's in line to face the Rangers on the road on Saturday.


Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly allows two runs in loss on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings of work in Boston's 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

"I made some pitches when I had to and had command of my heater," Kelly said after the game, per the Boston Herald. "We played some good defense tonight, but it’s baseball and we lost, 2-1. That guy over there pitched a good game and sometimes you just have to tip your hat."

Kelly allowed two consecutive singles in the second, putting runners on first and third. Elvis Andrus produced a sacrifice fly to score the first run. Then in the third, Robinson Chirinos blasted a solo home run to center field. 

"Fastball command pretty much nails it down," Kelly said of the key to his success. "Getting ahead of hitters and locating the pitch where I want to locate it. I didn’t really have any off-speed tonight. I went out there with just one pitch and I tried to locate it as best I can to get out of it."

Kelly, who also struck out seven and walked just one, moved his ERA to 5.13 in 47 1/3 innings of work. Kelly, now 1-3, will look to get back on track Monday against the Twins. 


Red Sox's Joe Kelly allows one run in no-decision vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly didn't factor into the decision on Thursday, allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 2-1 win over the Mariners.

Coming into the game on a stretch where he allowed five runs or more in four straight starts, Kelly breezed through five innings before surrendering his only run on a sixth-inning groundout, which tied the game and took him out of line for what would have been his first win since his season debut.

Kelly owns a 5.58 ERA and 36:18 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Rangers at home on Wednesday.


Report: Red Sox won't take Joe Kelly out of rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) The Red Sox are intent on keeping Joe Kelly in their starting rotation and trying to further his development, according to WEEI.

The good news is that Kelly hasn't lost any velocity. He has thrown more 98 mph-plus pitches than any other starter in the majors this season. The bad news is that it hasn't translated into success. He owns a 1-2 record and 6.35 ERA heading into his Thursday night start in Seattle.

"Nothing mechanical," John Farrell said in regard to Kelly's struggles. "He's a good athlete that repeats his delivery and yet he yanked a number of pitches down to his glove side the other day in Toronto. It's still about Joe Kelly understanding what makes him most efficient. ... Ultimately it's in those moments in making pitch selections that are based on what's led up to that. Whether it's too many consecutive fastballs, too many consecutive breaking balls - there's a constant mix that needs to stay in play."

The 26-year-old Kelly has claimed that pitching was easier in St. Louis with defensive stalwart Yadier Molina calling all his offerings. It's not the same throwing to Red Sox rookie Blake Swihart.

"Yadier just threw out a sign and I threw it," Kelly said. "It was great. But now I'm actually better at reading games, knowing situations, I do my own scouting and I do my own video. I did a little bit of it in St. Louis, but it's more of me trying to read and watch. My stats don't show, but I feel like I'm better at it."

There has been talk of moving Kelly to the bullpen, but the former college closer has stressed that he prefers starting.


Joe Kelly remains in Red Sox rotation 'for the time being'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Red Sox changed pitching coaches, firing Juan Nieves and hiring Carl Willis, but there are no plans to make any adjustments to the starting rotation right off the bat. 

Manager John Farrell said that Joe Kelly, who has struggled, will remain in the rotation "for the time being," per WEEI. "Partly because of a chance for Carl to get involved with him and yet we don't deny the stuff that's there. ... It's a matter of how we can make him most effective."


Red Sox's Joe Kelly walks seven in loss vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly took the loss Saturday, allowing six earned runs on four hits and seven walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 7-1 defeat against the Blue Jays.

Kelly (1-2) has now given up five earned runs or more in each of his last four starts, but he had issued just eight walks in his first five starts combined before unraveling Saturday.

"Despite the number of walks early on, we're in a two-run game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But still, puts a couple of guys on via the walk, and then the third consecutive breaking ball to Encarnacion kind of spreads things to a five-run game."

He also allowed a home run for the fifth straight start.

"The one that really hurt us was the three-run homer," Kelly said after allowing a season-high six earned runs. "Hanging breaking ball ... just a bad pitch overall."

Kelly owns a 6.35 ERA and 34:15 K:BB ratio in 34 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mariners Thursday in Seattle.


Red Sox starter Joe Kelly roughed up


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Starting pitcher Joe Kelly struggled once again for the Red Sox during Sunday night’s 8-5 loss to the Yankees, with home runs being the primary concern.

Kelly lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on five hits, including a first-inning homer to the Yanks’ Mark Teixeira. It’s the fourth straight non-quality start for Kelly, who only managed to strike out three batters. 

In losing his first career game against the Yankees in four starts, Kelly drops to 1-1 and his ERA rises to 5.72. 


Red Sox SP Joe Kelly gives up five runs in six innings for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Red Sox starter Joe Kelly was touched for five runs on five hits in six innings of work Monday to take a no-decision against the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays reached Kelly early as Devon Travis knocked an RBI single and Russell Martin came through with a two-run double in the first inning, putting the Red Sox behind 3-0.

Travis added a solo homer of Kelly in the fourth inning.

"I was shaky the whole night with my fastball command," Kelly said. "Up and down is exactly how you put it." 

Kelly, who struck out 10 in the game, was clocked a couple of times Monday hitting 100 MPH.

"The positive is you’re not going to find better arm strength, better velocity,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said about Kelly. "It's electric stuff and as he begins to harness it and understand when he’s most effective."

Kelly's next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Yankees.


Red Sox consider pitcher Joe Kelly a future ace


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Although Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was viewed as a No. 5 starter to begin the season, his start to the season has some within the organization envisioning him as the team's future ace, reports CBSSpoorts.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

In three starts this season, Kelly is 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA. He has struck out 18 batters, while walking five.


Rays rock Red Sox P Joe Kelly in sixth inning


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was pitching a fine game until the bottom of the sixth inning arrived. 

Kelly, in a no-decision, was credited with four earned runs in the sixth after holding the Rays to just one run in the first five innings. He gave up an RBI single to Allan Dykstra and then walked Logan Forsythe with the bases loaded, scoring Evan Longoria. 

Craig Breslow then relieved Kelly and gave up a two-run single to Brandon Guyer, with those runs going toward Kelly's stat line.

"I didn't get ahead of the hitters," Kelly said after the game, per MLB.com. "I fell behind with my fastball, which was pretty good for me tonight, and that sixth inning, I tried to get too fine with it and fell behind hitters and had to throw it down the middle from then [on]. They put good swings on balls and got some good hits."

In total, Kelly gave up eight hits and one walk. He struck out seven batters and now holds a 4.08 ERA. 

"Didn't have quite the same action through the strike zone with his stuff," manager John Farrell said. "He was in good shape in terms of pitches thrown through five innings. He came out and gave four consecutive base hits and the walk. The sixth inning has become a challenge for our rotation of late."

Kelly's next start is projected for April 27 against the Blue Jays. 


Starter Joe Kelly takes no decision as Red Sox rally to beat O's


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Red Sox starter Joe Kelly allowed two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings on Friday against the Orioles for a no decision.

Kelly gave up a solo homer to O's catcher Caleb Joseph.

Kelly's next start is Wednesday in Tampa.

Joe Kelly allows one run, one hit in seven innings in Red Sox's win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/11/2015) Red Sox starter Joe Kelly (1-0) held the Yankees to one run on one hit in seven innings Saturday to earn the win in Boston's 8-4 victory.

He retired his final 17 batters and left the game with an 8-1 lead.

Kelly, who had come off the 15-day disabled list before game time, struck out eight and walked two while throwing 93 pitches.

"I'm just happy I came out and made it through the game healthy," Kelly said. "That's not what I expected. I went out there and just tried to attack the zone. It was a long game last night. ... I knew that we were kind of thin in the bullpen, so I just tried to make quick outs."

Kelly is scheduled to make his next start Thursday against the Orioles.


Red Sox activate Saturday starter Joe Kelly, option Steven Wright


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) The Red Sox have activated pitcher Joe Kelly from the 15-day disabled list, optioning pitcher Steven Wright in a corresponding move.

Kelly opened the season on the disabled list due to a biceps injury but is ready to take the mound for Saturday's start against the Yankees. Wright picked up a win Friday after pitching five innings in relief in his team's 19-inning victory.


Red Sox's Kelly on track to start Saturday after Farrell changes plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly (biceps) is now expected to start Saturday against the Yankees after originally being scratched in favor of Steven Wright, manager John Farrell said Thursday. Farrell said he switched his mind after watching Kelly throw in the bullpen Wednesday.

However, Farrell added Kelly will probably be on a fairly low pitch count since he didn't throw more than 78 pitches during spring training. Farrell said Kelly probably won't throw more than a few pitches over that number.


Wright to start Saturday for Red Sox; Kelly, Uehara pitching in minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly will not come off the disabled list to start Saturday against the Yankees, as it was announced Wednesday that Steven Wright will take the hill for Boston.

Kelly (biceps) will instead begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Class A Greenville, while closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) will also begin a rehab assignment with Greenville on Saturday.


Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly throws five innings in rehab start Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was able to throw 78 pitches during a rehab start Monday, reports the Boston Herald.

Kelly is starting the season on the disabled list with a biceps injury. Manager John Farrell said the team would like Kelly to throw around 95 pitches in an outing before he pitches in a major league game.


Red Sox place Joe Kelly, Koji Uehara on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) The Red Sox announced Friday they placed starting pitcher Joe Kelly (biceps) and closer Koji Uehara (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list. However, neither player might be out for long.

Kelly could be ready to come off the disabled list in time for the fifth game of the season April 11 at N.Y. Yankees, and Uehara could also be activated by the 11th.

Edward Mujica will be the Red Sox's closer with Uehara sidelined, while Steven Wright will likely start if Kelly is not back by April 11.


Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly throws four innings in minor league game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was able to toss four innings in a minor league game Wednesday, reports the Boston Globe.

Kelly has been dealing with a biceps injury for the past few weeks of spring training and was able to throw 65 pitches in his appearance Wednesday. It is still yet to be determined whether Kelly will begin the season on the disabled list.


Joe Kelly to pitch in Red Sox minor league game, may be DL bound


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly will pitch in a minor league game on Wednesday, leaving open the possibility that he starts the season on the disabled list. Any DL assignment can be made retroactive to Kelly's last appearance with the Major League team. 

Kelly has been bothered by biceps soreness for the last two weeks. 

"We'll continue to make sure that he's answering the physical questions,'' manager John Farrell said, per CSN New England. "With the number of pitches thrown and a progression that's outlined for him...We're keeping their options open.''


Red Sox's Joe Kelly pitches three innings in intrasquad game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly (biceps) pitched three innings in a minor-league intrasquad games, according to Comcast SportsNet Northeast. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five. Of his 53 pitches, 31 were strikes.

Red Sox SP Joe Kelly to pitch in minor-league game Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly (biceps) will pitch in a minor-league game Friday and will be re-evaluated after the outing, MLB.com reports.

"And see how he responds," manager John Farrell said. "Not only in the game situation where there's going to be added adrenaline, probably increased velocity, but the up and down three times [Sunday], he felt fine coming out of that. There were no restrictions as far as pitches thrown or just getting warm multiple times. I don't anticipate him not being ready at this point, but we're just keeping the other scenario as an option."

The Red Sox could opt to carry four starters and eight relievers at the beginning of the season if the team determines Kelly needs to open the season on the disabled list.


Red Sox mull keeping eight RPs in case Joe Kelly isn't ready


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Although Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly (biceps) made it through his bullpen session Sunday unscathed, manager John Farrell indicated Monday the team could open the season with eight relievers since they won't need a fifth starter until April 15, per WEEI.com.

“I don’t anticipate him not being ready at this point, but we’re just keeping the other scenario as an option,” Farrell said. “I think that group has probably narrowed some, the guys in competition (for a spot in the bullpen). We’ll have more information to factor in by Saturday, which would include Kelly’s next outing. There’s one scenario that could have us break with eight relievers. And the first time we would need a fifth starter would be on the 15th. That’s all being factored into this as well.”