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Joe Kelly | Starting Pitcher | #56

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 188
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: California Riverside
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 3 (0) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Joe Kelly was told by manager John Farrell over the winter that he would be in the starting rotation.
He was also assured the Red Sox wouldn't look to add any more starters. Kelly's first full season in Boston began poorly but he turned things around in the second half following a brief demotion. He'll slot in as the No. 5 starter behind David Price, Clay Buchholz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Rick Porcello. Henry Owens will be next in line if Kelly falters. Jan 23 - 4:25 PM

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Red Sox and RHP Joe Kelly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

Kelly gets a nice salary bump in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He posted a 4.82 ERA across 25 starts in 2015 but finished the season strongly.
Jan 15 - 2:42 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI writes that it "seems unlikely the Red Sox are motivated to move" right-hander Joe Kelly.

Kelly's name has been floated in multiple trade rumors this winter -- especially lately -- but the Red Sox probably don't want to sell low on the 27-year-old right-hander, who had a 4.82 ERA in 2015 but finished the season strong. Wade Miley is much more likely to be dealt away by new club president Dave Dombrowski.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 02:04:00 PM's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are interested in Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly.

Kelly has been a popular name in trade rumors this winter despite posting a 4.82 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 134 1/3 total innings this past season for Boston. He did finish out the year with several high notes and there's a lot to like about his arsenal of pitches. It also helps that the 27-year-old has experience both as a starter and reliever. All stuff to dream on.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 10:12:00 AM

An MRI on Joe Kelly's right shoulder showed only inflammation.

He's still shut down for the season, but it's obviously comforting for Kelly to know that he'll go into the winter with no structural issues in his shoulder. The right-hander also has to feel good about his performance down the stretch, as he held a 2.35 ERA over his final eight starts.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 04:38:00 PM

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo confirmed Wednesday that Joe Kelly (shoulder) is done for the year.

Kelly had trouble getting loose on Tuesday night in Baltimore and was lifted in the bottom of the third inning with right shoulder tightness and general arm fatigue. The 27-year-old right-hander is back in Boston for a full evaluation. He'll finish the 2015 season with a 4.82 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 110/49 K/BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 04:59:00 PM

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo doesn't anticipate Joe Kelly (shoulder) needing an MRI.

Kelly had trouble getting loose prior to Tuesday's start and was pulled in the third inning with what the club called right shoulder tightness and fatigue. While it doesn't appear the injury is serious, Kelly's season is likely over. He's already thrown 45 more innings than he threw last year. "He’s had a great year. He’s been on a great run," Lovullo said. "That’s something we’ll probably talk about collectively as a group tomorrow with (president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) and the medical staff, and we’ll move forward with a really good decision."
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 09:24:00 AM

Joe Kelly left Tuesday's start against the Orioles with right shoulder tightness and fatigue.

Kelly tossed two scoreless frames to start the game, but you could tell something was up in the third when his velocity dropped and he yielded four hits to the first five batters he faced. Even if he doesn't have any structural damage, this will surely end his season. It's too bad for Kelly, who had finally righted the ship of late.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 08:28:00 PM

Joe Kelly left Tuesday's start versus the Orioles with an apparent injury.

Kelly cruised through the first two innings but was then tagged for four hits -- including a home run -- in five batters in the third before exiting. He had a biceps injury earlier this season but it's unclear at this point if that's an issue again. The Red Sox should have more on his status shortly.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 08:16:00 PM

Joe Kelly won an eighth straight start by allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Kelly's streak is getting more impressive; he didn't go deep into this one, but holding down the Blue Jays offense, even for 5 2/3 innings, is something to be proud of. Kelly still has a 4.70 ERA overall, but it's at 2.59 during the streak. Even with all of his recent success, he'll be a nerve-racking play in mixed leagues next week; he gets two starts, but they're road outings against the Orioles and Jays.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 11:53:00 PM

Joe Kelly logged another quality start in Friday's victory over the Phillies, allowing two runs on five hits over his six frames.

Kelly fanned five opposing hitters while issuing three free passes. Aside from the fourth inning where the Phillies scratched out a pair of runs, Kelly was in complete command. After an absolutely miserable start to the season, Kelly has now won each of his last seven starts, compiling a 2.72 ERA and 33/14 K/BB ratio over 43 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he takes on the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 11:01:00 PM

Joe Kelly fired 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday as the Red Sox defeated the Mets 3-1.

It was another very good outing for Kelly, who's quietly putting together a promising second half. He'll finish August with a 6-0 record and a 2.68 ERA. The 27-year-old right-hander suddenly deserves consideration in mixed fantasy leagues with a stretch of favorable matchups ahead. Kelly gets the Phillies at home next.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 07:12:00 PM

Joe Kelly limited the White Sox to two runs in 7 1/3 innings, snagging the win on Monday.

It's the first time Kelly pitched into the eighth inning all season and only the fourth time he's even gotten into the seventh. He gave up five hits -- including a Jose Abreu solo home run -- and a walk while striking out four. The right-hander has been better of late, holding a 1.82 ERA over his last four starts. On the season, Kelly owns a 5.18 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP and a 94/41 K/BB ratio over 113 innings. He'll face the Mets at Citi Field next.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 11:51:00 PM

Joe Kelly allowed just an unearned run over six innings Wednesday to beat the Indians for his sixth win.

We're not sure a strong finish from Kelly would in the Red Sox's best interests, since it'd likely cause the team to pencil him right into the 2016 rotation. This makes three nice outings in a row for him, though, even if this one was less impressive from a control standpoint. He threw just 57 of his 100 pitches for strikes, and he finished with a 3/3 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 11:09:00 PM

Joe Kelly picked up the win in Friday's showdown with the Mariners, allowing one run on four hits over six innings.

Kelly saw the Red Sox offense erupt for nine runs through three innings. The 27-year-old right-hander played nice with the lead and improved his record to 5-6 in the process. He struck out six and walked two on the afternoon. For the season, Kelly holds a 5.69 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 87/37 K/BB ratio across 99 2/3 innings. A Fenway start against the Indians is next up on his schedule.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 10:57:00 PM

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