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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: 3 | Owned/Started%: 10/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly throws four innings in minor league game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:55 pm ET) 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.

Joe Kelly tosses quality start Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly tossed a quality start Tuesday against the Yankees.

Kelly allowed three runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and issued four walks during the game. Kelly performed well early on, but found himself in trouble late in the start. A solo home run put a dent in the outing in the third inning, but Kelly didn’t really find himself in trouble until the fifth.

Kelly allowed three straight singles to open the frame, though was slightly bailed out when his defense threw out Martin Prado on the basepaths. With men on second and third, Kelly then walked the bases loaded. He walked the next batter as well, bringing in the first run of the inning. Derek Jeter would also single in a run later in the inning. 

With the win, Kelly moved to 3-3. He’ll take on the Blue Jays in his next start. 


Joe Kelly picks up no decision despite strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Kelly allowed one run on three hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. Toronto was able to get to Kelly in the first inning. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Jose Bautista belted his 26th home run of the year. Kelly was able to settle in at that point. While he put two men on in the second inning, Kelly was able to work around it, keeping the Blue Jays off the board. He wasn’t really threatened by Toronto over the rest of his start.

The Red Sox mounted a comeback in the sixth inning, putting Kelly in line for the win. He improved to 3-3. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start. 


Joe Kelly set to make next scheduled start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly is in line to make his next scheduled start Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports.

Kelly was pulled from his last start after 88 pitches due to a "sensation" in his shoulder, but subsequent tests didn't reveal symptoms that would be indicative of an injury, and Kelly didn't report any ill effects Saturday. He'll pitch his normal bullpen session Sunday in advance of Wednesday's start.


Joe Kelly removed with 'sensation' in shoulder


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's game with "sensation" in his shoulder, according to the Boston Herald

Kelly was removed for precautionary reasons. He expects to make his next start. Kelly felt the issue in the fifth inning. 


Joe Kelly pulled for 'precautionary reasons'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was pulled for "precautionary reasons" Friday against the Mariners.

Kelly allowed one hit over five scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked three during the outing. Kelly was pulled after throwing 88 pitches. It was announced later in the game that the club pulled him for precautionary reasons. Following the game, the club announced Kelly was removed after feeling a "sensation" in his shoulder. Kelly left with the game tied, picking up the no-decision. 

He'll take on the Blue Jays if he can make his next start.


Joe Kelly has command issues in loss to Houston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly took a step back Sunday against the Astros, scattering seven runs on seven hits and six walks while striking out three over four innings of an 8-1 defeat. He dropped to 2-3 on the season.

Kelly has allowed 10 earned runs over his first three starts (17 innings) with his new club. He owns a 4.67 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over 52 innings. His next start will come Friday at home against Seattle.

Joe Kelly tosses quality start in no-decision vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly wasn't a factor in Tuesday's decision after allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks in six innings and striking out four in his team's 3-2 win over the Reds.

Kelly put the first four runners he faced in the first inning on base with two walks and two singles to bring a pair of runs home, but he locked things down the rest of the way. He even contributed on offense, going 1 for 2 with a stolen base. Kelly owns a 3.75 ERA and 31:17 K:BB ratio in 48 innings. He's scheduled to face the Astros Sunday.