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58 Joe Kelly SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/185 | Birthdate: 6/9/1988 | Birthplace: Anaheim, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 39/20 | Average Draft Position: 209.49
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Red Sox acquire Joe Kelly, Allen Craig


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Red Sox acquired starting pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig from the Cardinals Thursday in exchange for starting pitcher John Lackey, according to baseball analyst Peter Gammons.

Joe Kelly blames struggles on poor fastball command


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly suffered his first loss in four starts since coming off the disabled list Wednesday at San Diego. However, he's struggled for the most part since his activation despite the one loss. 

The right-hander has posted a 7.32 ERA over his last four starts, and Kelly said his struggles have been related to poor command of his fastball, per MLB.com.

"It's running a lot," Kelly said of the pitch. "It's just something that I have to learn how to control here and be better at next time. I've been throwing good offspeed pitches, I feel, in all these games. My curveball was my best pitch (Wednesday). I should have thrown it 100 times. But you can't do that, obviously. It definitely all starts with the fastball."


Joe Kelly surrenders four runs in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly took a loss Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and one walk in five innings and striking out four in his team's 12-1 defeat against the Padres.

Kelly (2-2) gave up runs in the first, third and fourth innings as he turned in his second straight disappointing outing, giving up nine earned runs in 9 2/3 innings over his last two starts. He owns a 4.37 ERA and 25:10 K:BB ratio in 35 innings. Kelly is scheduled to face the Red Sox Tuesday, but a last-minute trade acquisition could knock him out of the rotation.


Joe Kelly serves up two home runs in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly was unable to make it out of the fifth inning in a no-decision against the Cubs Friday afternoon.

Kelly allowed a three-run home run to Ryan Sweeney in the second and a solo home run to opposing pitcher Travis Wood in the fourth inning. The right-hander was charged with five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over 4 2/3 innings of work. Of his 95 pitches, 56 were strikes.

Kelly has allowed five-plus runs in two of his last three starts. He owns a 3.90 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP and 20:9 K:BB ratio over his first six starts (30 innings). He will make his next start Wednesday at San Diego.

Joe Kelly goes seven strong in win over Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly put together a quality start in a win over the Dodgers on Saturday, improving to 2-1 on the year. Making his first start since the All-Star break, the right-hander permitted one run on four hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings of a 4-2 victory.

Kelly has allowed one earned run or fewer in all but one of his first five starts. He owns a 2.84 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 25 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Friday against the Cubs in Chicago.

Cardinals announce rotation for Dodgers series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) The Cardinals have chosen to give All-Star pitcher Adam Wainwright a few extra days to rest following the break, as he will not pitch in the weekend series against the Dodgers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Lance Lynn will start the second-half opener Friday. He will be followed by Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez in the three-game series.


Joe Kelly clobbered in Milwaukee


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly was smashed in his first outing off the disabled list Friday.

Kelly lasted just three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three during the outing. Kelly immediately found himself in trouble. He hit Carlos Gomez to open the game, and then proceeded to put the next two hitters on base. Aramis Ramirez managed to drive in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly, and Khris Davis opened things up with a two-run double. After another walk, Kelly managed to get out of the inning. 

The second inning offered no relief. Kelly allowed the first two runners to reach base, and then gave up a triple to Scooter Gennett, clearing the bases. With two outs, Ryan Braun also tripled, driving in the third run of the inning. Kelly actually pitched a scoreless third inning, but was pulled after he reached his pitch count. He threw 78 pitches during the outing. 

The Cardinals managed to battle back, giving Kelly the no-decision. His next start will likely be scheduled shortly after the All-Star break.


Joe Kelly activated from DL for Friday start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Cardinals officially activated pitcher Joe Kelly from the disabled list Friday, after his recovery from a hamstring injury was completed.

Kelly has not pitched in the majors since suffering the injury in mid-April, but is set to start Friday against the Brewers. He finished his minor-league rehab assignment having allowed three runs in 10 1/3 innings for Triple-A Memphis.


Joe Kelly has some Head-to-Head value


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) Joe Kelly is set to return to the Cardinals starting rotation Friday, which isn't exactly an earth-shattering development in Fantasy, but he's useful for certain formats.

Specifically, owners in Head-to-Head points leagues may want to take advantage of his relief pitcher eligibility. A quality starting pitcher tends to outscore the average closer in that format, and Kelly has been a quality starter when he's gotten the chance to start over the last three seasons. He hasn't been an especially flashy one, but that doesn't matter so much in points leagues, where strikeouts are worth only half a point.

Kelly isn't a great source of WHIP either, but he keeps runs off the board and is usually a good bet for a quality start, which is worth three points in standard CBSSports.com leagues. And while the Cardinals haven't had great success offensively this year, I think their talent eventually wins out and they make the playoffs as a wild card. A late-season surge would probably be reflected in Kelly's win-loss record.

Again, he's not the most exciting pitcher, and if I wanted a starting pitcher who I could slot as a reliever, I'd turn to Kevin Gausman, Carlos Martinez or Rubby De La Rosa before resorting to him. But Kelly has his place in Fantasy.


Report: Joe Kelly to start for Cardinals on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly will make his long-awaited return for the Cardinals on Friday against Milwaukee, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported.

The news is a bit of a surprise in that it marks an early comeback for Kelly, who was believed to be set for one more minor league rehab outing after pitching Sunday for Triple-A Memphis.

Kelly has been out since mid-April with a severe hamstring injury.


Joe Kelly impressive in Sunday rehab start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly provided a promising performance in a rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Memphis. He is scheduled for one more minor league outing before returning from a hamstring injury that has prevented him from pitching in a major league game for nearly three months.

Kelly pitched four shutout innings in his latest start before yielding a run in the fifth. He threw 51 of 72 pitches for strikes.


Joe Kelly in line for two more starts before return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) The Cardinals will have pitcher Joe Kelly make at least two more minor-league rehab starts before he returns from the disabled list, according to MLB.com.

Though Kelly has put the injury behind him, the team wants him to build up his pitch count before bringing him back. He threw 49 pitches in his previous outing, and manager Mike Matheny said he wants to see Kelly throw 70 pitches Sunday for Triple-A Memphis and 85 in his final start.

Kelly sill likely be activated shortly after the All-Star break. Kelly has not pitched since April 16 as a result of the injury.  


Joe Kelly may need a pair of rehab starts before activation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters that pitcher Joe Kelly will likely need a pair of minor-league rehab starts before he is activated from the disabled list, KMOX reports. Kelly has been sidelined since mid-April because of a hamstring injury. He tossed four scoreless frames in a Triple-A rehab start on Saturday.

Joe Kelly begins working his way back at Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly tossed 41 pitches in his first minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis Friday.

Kelly threw 21 of those pitches for strikes across his two-inning start, as he begins to work his way back from a hamstring injury. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks,w hile striking out three batters in the game.

He will likely need multiple outings, as he has not pitched since mid-April. Kelly told the Memphis Commercial appeal (via MLB.com) that he did not feel the injury while pitching, but admitted his stamina is not where he wants it to be.

"Grade it about a 'C'," he said. "I could pass for those two innings. Wasn't where I wanted it to be."


Joe Kelly moved to 60-day DL; still set for Friday rehab start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Cardinals starter Joe Kelly is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for more than two months, but the team has found a need to place him on the 60-day disabled list.

The move will not deter Kelly from working his way back soon. He is slated to make his first rehab start for Triple-A Memphis on Friday. He should be back on a big league mound the first week of July.


Joe Kelly to make first rehab start Friday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Cardinals pitcher (hamstring) Joe Kelly is scheduled to make his first rehab start Friday for Triple-A Memphis and will throw up to 60 pitches, reports Fox Sports. The website said Kelly might need only two rehab starts before rejoining the rotation.

Joe Kelly remains on track to begin rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly (hamstring) remains on track to begin a rehab assignment this week after throwing two innings during a simulated game Sunday, per MLB.com. The team will decide soon where Kelly will begin his rehab assignment.

"Today you could see he trusted it and let it go," manager Mike Matheny said. "He came in with a lot of bounce [after throwing]. He was extremely excited about how he felt."


Joe Kelly looking to begin rehab next week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly is hoping to begin a rehab assignment next week, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Kelly is coming back from a hamstring issue. He said he probably won't run at 100 percent the rest of the season. Kelly threw a bullpen session Wednesday. He'll head to the minors as a starter in order to build up his arm. 


Joe Kelly could start rehab next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly told MLB.com that he hopes to go on a Minor League rehab assignment as early as next week. Kelly also threw another side session Thursday without any reported issues.

Kelly has been sidelined since mid-April while recovering from a hamstring injury, and he'll likely need multiple rehab appearances before returning to the major-league team. He could be back in the majors in approximately two to three weeks.

Joe Kelly could be back in majors in '2-3 weeks'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said starting pitcher Joe Kelly (hamstring) could be back in the majors in "two to three weeks," according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Kelly is expected to need a rehab assignment before returning.

Joe Kelly should return by July at the latest


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said pitcher Joe Kelly should return by July at the latest, MLB.com reports.

"I don't know how close I am, I've only thrown twice and jogged a few times," Kelly said. "Nothing even strenuous or anything, so I don't know a timetable for when a rehab assignment would be."

Joe Kelly throws off mound, nears rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly has progressed to throwing off a mound and is getting closer to going out on a rehab assignment, FOX Sports Midwest reports.

Kelly has been sidelined since mid-April while recovering from a hamstring injury, and he'll likely need multiple rehab appearances before returning to the major-league team. He gave up just one earned run in 15 1/3 innings over three starts before hitting the disabled list.


Joe Kelly's hamstring still in 'healing phase'


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly is still in the "healing phase" of his recovery from a hamstring injury, as manager Mike Matheny told MLB.com Tuesday.

Kelly has been limited to throwing off flat ground as he works his way back from a hamstring injury suffered in mid-April. At this point, it is not yet known when he will be able to throw off the mound, let alone return to game action. He will also require a minor-league rehab stint before coming back from the injury.


Joe Kelly still dealing with some hamstring tightness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly has admitted to still feeling tightness in his hamstring, MLB.com reports. Kelly continues to throw long toss and doesn't know when he'll resume throwing from a mound.

"There's not really much pain there anymore, but it's just tight in some spots still," Kelly said. "It feels better all the time. Every day I feel like it improves."

Joe Kelly begins long toss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly resumed long toss Monday, MLB.com reports. However, the pitcher doesn't have a timetable to resume pitching,

Kelly is recovering from a hamstring injury that could keep him sidelined until next month.