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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%: 59/30 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.”


Red Sox SP Joe Kelly will not make next spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly will not make his scheduled spring start Sunday against the Phillies, according to the Providence Journal. He will instead throw a side session.

Kelly left his last spring start Monday against the Mets due to biceps tightness. Kelly is 1-0 with an 11.05 ERA in three spring starts.

Kelly added he had no setback and is on track to make a start Friday against the Braves, per The Boston Globe. Kelly expects to be ready for the start of the season.


Red Sox's Joe Kelly uses all his pitches in bullpen session


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly, who left his last spring start Monday against the Mets due to biceps tightness, completed a 32-pitch bullpen session without any reported issues. The right-hander used all of his pitches in the bullpen, and appeared pleased after his session, per WEEI.

Kelly is expected to make a spring start on Sunday, per the Boston Globe.

"I didn't throw it obviously 100 percent, which I never do in my bullpens," Kelly said, per the Boston Herald. "What I got out there today was I got my body going, tried to see how the arm feels. I knew it was feeling fine, but it was more for staff, medical staff, coaching staff, for them to see and make sure. I'm a guy who likes to pitch through a lot of things. It was more for them. But I felt pretty good out there. I threw about 70 percent. It went well."


Joe Kelly's bullpen session Thursday will decide status for Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly, who left his last spring start Monday against the Mets due to biceps tightness, will throw a bullpen session Thursday, manager John Farrell said. The team will then decide if Kelly makes his next spring start Sunday against the Phillies.

Red Sox's Farrell: Joe Kelly (biceps) still tentatively scheduled for Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that pitcher Joe Kelly is still scheduled to pitch Sunday, but may have his start pushed back depending on his status, MLB.com.

"The next couple of days will determine where he's going to be in terms of rotation," Farrell said, per WEEI. He's scheduled to start on Sunday. We will get him off the mound prior to the next time he gets into a game. There will probably be a couple of days of some rest, some rehab and maybe some light throwing. If that extends him out the sixth day, that's possible. But we'll know more in the coming days."

Kelly exited Monday's spring start in the middle of the third inning with tightness in his biceps. An MRI was not needed for the right-hander. Farrell added that Kelly's injury improved today but he still has some soreness in biceps. He will play catch on Wednesday and throw off a mound on Thursday, per WEEI.


Joe Kelly leaves Red Sox start with bicep tightness


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly left his start in the middle of the third inning, with tightness in his biceps, according to a report by the Boston Globe's Alex Speier.

Kelly faced 15 batters in 2.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs. He was removed from the game with tightness in his arm muscle that kept him from throwing anything except fastballs. 

Afterward, Kelly said he's had the problem before. He wasn't too concerned about it, saying, "usually, it doesn't last long." 

Kelly didn't think he'd need an MRI on the arm. 

After the game, manager John Farrell didn't seem too worried about the injury. The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reported that Farrell said Kelly would be reevaluated on Tuesday, and his next start may be pushed back. 

Kelly has an 11.05 ERA so far this spring. 


Red Sox SP Joe Kelly strikes out four in Wednesday's start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly surrendered two earned runs on three hits and one walk in three innings Wednesday but racked up four strikeouts, all against the first six batters he faced, in his outing against the Yankees.

"He's got weapons to attack guys," manager John Farrell said after the outing, per MLB.com. "He can run a four-seam fastball in. He can spread them out with both his changeup and curveball, which he did today. The overall quality of pitches thrown today was much greater."

Kelly indicated that he didn't want to break out his entire arsenal against a key division rival.

"It's reading the game," said Kelly. "I got ahead, and if I was going to throw a regular start against these guys, I showed them my fastball, and I showed them my changeup. But I think I would have probably showed them more of my slider and curveball today if they started jumping on my heater and changeup like they kind of did in that third inning."

Kelly, who was rocked in his spring debut, has given up six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings this spring.


Red Sox SP Kelly on spring debut: 'I know what I need to work on'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings in his spring debut Thursday, striking out two and walking none.

"Stuff wasn't as crisp as it usually is," Kelly said after his outing. "88 mile fastball, don't think I've done that since I was 13. I know what I need to work on. ... I threw 44 pitches, will look to build up to 100 pitches. I'm not going to beat myself up. Will watch some video, work on things. ... Four-seam not as crisp as I would like. Just not there yet, but that will come. I threw all four pitches today, that's a plus."

Kelly said during the offseason that he planned on winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2015. He went 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA and 66:42 K:BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings between the Cardinals and Red Sox last season.


Farrell wants Red Sox's Kelly to focus on innings total, not Cy Young


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly has reiterated a few times this offseason he plans on winning the AL Cy Young award in 2015. While manager John Farrell likes Kelly's confidence, he wants him to focus on simpler goals, per MLB.com.

"He made a pretty bold statement this winter, a very bold one," Farrell said. "I love the fact that he believes in himself that strong, but I tried to boil it down to something more simple, and pitch as many innings as you can. That will drive your approach and take care of everything else. If that is your main goal of pitching the highest number of quality innings as possible, then you're going to be around late for decisions in games, you're going to drive your workouts in between starts to uphold that."

Farrell admitted Kelly could be a key to the rotation's success this season.

"The raw stuff is there," Farrell said of the rotation. "(Clay) Buchholz staying healthy certainly goes a long way to that. Joe Kelly's growth will have to take a step forward. … But he has probably the best stuff on our staff and the capability to be that type of pitcher."


Joe Kelly surrenders four runs in win vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly earned a win Saturday, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 10-4 victory over the Yankees.

Kelly (6-4) delivered six scoreless innings before the Yankees pushed home a run in the seventh and did more damage in the eighth. He ends up 4-2 in his time in Boston, with all four of his wins coming in his last five starts. Kelly ends the season with a 4.20 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 66:42 K:BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings.


Joe Kelly thwarts Orioles for fifth win


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Joe Kelly tied his career high of seven innings in a start, as he gained the win in the Red Sox's 3-2 victory over the Orioles on Sunday. Kelly held the Orioles to two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out five.

Kelly is now 5-4 on the season with a 4.15 ERA. His next -- and final -- start of the season will come on Saturday against the Yankees.


Red Sox shuffle rotation for final week


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) WEEI.com reports that Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa have been removed from the Red Sox's rotation for the final week of the season. Clay Buchholz, Anthony Ranaudo and Allen Webster are set to make starts against the Rays, and then Joe Kelly and Buchholz will start the last two games of the team's season-ending series against the Yankees.

Friday's starter in the series opener against the Yankees is still to be named, but Steven Wright is a candidate to get the nod. Wright has posted a 3.38 ERA in five relief appearances this season.


Joe Kelly overcomes early struggles


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Joe Kelly put the Red Sox in an early hole against the Royals, giving up four runs -- including a three-run home run by Eric Hosmer -- in the second inning of Sunday's contest. However, he rebounded with four scoreless frames, and he was credited with the win in the Red Sox's 8-4 victory.

Over six innings, Kelly allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three batters. The win raised Kelly's record to 4-4, though his ERA rose to 4.28. His next scheduled start is next Sunday at the Orioles.


Joe Kelly takes step back Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly took a step back Monday against the Orioles, dropping to 3-4 on the year. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and three walks while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings of a 4-0 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Kelly has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 4.14 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 14 starts (76 innings). His next start will come Sunday at Kansas City.