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Casey Kelly | Relief Pitcher | #55

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (30) / BOS
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Braves optioned RHP Casey Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Kelly was needed for three innings on Friday and would have been unavailable for the next couple of days, which prompted the need for a fresh arm in the bullpen. He should be back with the big league club before long. Apr 23 - 10:14 AM

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Braves recalled RHP Casey Kelly from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Kelly was excellent in his last start at Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, firing seven shutout innings. He'll work in long relief for the Braves initially but could see some looks out of the rotation down the road.
Apr 20 - 2:54 PM

Braves RHP prospect Casey Kelly fired seven shutout innings Saturday in a win for Triple-A Gwinnett.

It was his longest outing since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2013. Kelly threw 87 pitches, finishing with one walk and four strikeouts. The 26-year-old began his career in the Boston organization in 2008 but was traded to San Diego in 2010 and again to Atlanta five years later. He made three appearances in the big leagues last season, recording a 7.94 ERA in three appearances for the Padres.
Source: MILB.com
Apr 17 - 3:57 PM

Braves optioned RHPs Casey Kelly, Daniel Burawa, Tyrell Jenkins and INF Daniel Castro to Triple-A Gwinnett; optioned RHP Mauricio Cabrera to Double-A Mississippi; reassigned RHPs Chris Ellis, Madison Younginer, LHPs David Holmberg, Sean Newcomb and INFs Rio Ruiz, Nate Freiman and Chase d'Arnaud to minor league camp.

It's the first massive round of cuts that the Braves have made this spring, but there are no huge surprises in the group. Kelly should get a chance with the big league club at some point during the upcoming season and Nate Freiman could have a role if Freddie Freeman continues to battle wrist issues.
Mar 12 - 2:08 PM

Braves acquired RHP Casey Kelly and C Ricardo Rodriguez from the Padres for C Christian Bethancourt.

Kelly was a regular on prospect lists for years prior to Tommy John surgery in 2013, and he's struggled to live up to the expectations since the procedure. Last season, the 26-year-old had a 7.94 ERA in 11 1/3 innings with the Padres, only posting a moderately better 5.16 ERA in the minors. The Braves are throwing a dart with this one, but in a loaded system the pressure on Kelly to succeed is low.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 09:24:00 PM

Casey Kelly was tagged for six runs -- three earned -- in 4 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Kelly didn't give himself something to build on next year with this one, but at least he managed to finish the season healthy. He should have a chance to compete for the fifth spot in San Diego's rotation next spring.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 12:56:00 AM

Making his first major league start since 2012, Casey Kelly gave up six runs in five innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Well, the good news is that Kelly actually retired 11 straight batters after A.J. Pollock's grand slam made it 6-0 in the second inning. Just getting back out on a big-league mound and competing is a big step for him after all he's gone through in his Tommy John rehab. The strong finish tonight gives him something to build off if he makes one more start next week.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 01:28:00 AM

Casey Kelly will start on Friday against the Diamondbacks.

It's not clear how many starts Kelly will be given this month, but he should get more if he fares well Friday. The former top prospect has battled elbow issues in recent years and posted a 5.16 ERA over 97 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 09:39:00 AM

Padres recalled RHP Casey Kelly from Triple-A El Paso.

Kelly is finally back in the majors after dealing with a multitude of elbow issues over the last couple years. The former top prospect put up a 5.16 ERA over 97 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He will be given a chance to start this month.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Casey Kelly (elbow) will make his first start of the season for Double-A San Antonio on Thursday.

It will be just his fifth start since he had Tommy John surgery in 2013, as Kelly has battled elbow issues during his recovery. He's posted a 3.79 ERA over 14 relief appearances in the minors this season as the Padres attempt to ease him back into things. Injuries have posed a major roadblock for the former top prospect, but he's still just 25.
Tue, May 26, 2015 08:32:00 PM

Casey Kelly (groin) threw a scoreless inning in his Cactus League debut Saturday.

Kelly was sidelined by a groin injury this spring after not having pitched in the majors since 2012 due to Tommy John surgery. Kelly finally got into game action Saturday, needing just seven pitches to dispose of his three hitters. The former top prospect will likely begin the year at Triple-A, but assuming he can stay healthy he could be in the majors at some point in 2015.
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 08:27:00 PM

Casey Kelly (groin) will throw live batting practice again on Wednesday.

Kelly suffered a minor groin strain earlier this month, but he didn't have any issues throwing BP on Sunday. Assuming all goes well Wednesday, he should move into game action. The 25-year-old is expected to begin the 2015 season at Triple-A and will attempt to prove his health.
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 01:16:00 PM

Casey Kelly (groin) is scheduled to throw another round of live batting practice on Wednesday.

Kelly tossed live BP on Sunday and reported no issues. "Today, woke up feeling great," he told reporters. "Arm was sore in right places." The 25-year-old right-hander has been slowed in Padres camp by a groin strain. He's expected to open the season at Triple-A.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 03:26:00 PM

Casey Kelly (groin) was upbeat after Friday's bullpen session.

"It was definitely good to get back out there and throw off the mound," the right-hander indicated, "I feel good today. We'll take it day by day, but I felt good coming out of it." He's expected to begin the season in the rotation at Triple-A Tucson, but should have a chance with the Padres at some point in the year.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 11:39:00 AM

Casey Kelly (groin) hopes to throw a side session on Friday.

Kelly suffered a minor groin strain early last week, but Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that he is increasing his intensity of baseball activities. If healthy, the 25-year-old projects to begin the season in the rotation with Triple-A Tucson.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 01:25:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Jace Peterson
2Gordon Beckham
3Daniel Castro
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Hector Olivera
2Jace Peterson
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Mallex Smith
3Drew Stubbs
RF1Nick Markakis
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Matt Wisler
3Jhoulys Chacin
4Aaron Blair
5Manny Banuelos
6Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jason Grilli
3Jim Johnson
4Alexi Ogando
5Eric O'Flaherty
6Chris Withrow
7Hunter Cervenka
8John Gant
9Bud Norris
10Shae Simmons
11Daniel Winkler
12Paco Rodriguez
13Andrew McKirahan