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Joe Kelly | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 188
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joe Kelly (biceps) will appear in a minor league game on Wednesday.
The Red Sox are throwing Kelly against minor leaguers just in case they have to backdate a disabled list stint for him. The right-hander hasn't appeared in a game in nearly two weeks due to biceps soreness. "We'll continue to make sure that he's answering the physical questions,'' said John Farrell. "With the number of pitches thrown and a progression that's outlined for him...We're keeping their options open.'' Mar 29 - 12:58 PM

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Joe Kelly (biceps) will not return to Grapefruit League action on Sunday.

He'll throw a side session instead as he continues to deal with minor biceps tightness. Steven Wright will start in his place against the Phillies on Sunday.
Mar 21 - 8:35 AM

Joe Kelly (biceps) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Sunday.

So his biceps tightness will only be a two-day detour. Kelly claims that he's dealt with similar discomfort in the past and knows how to manage it. Still, the right-hander is not a very attractive mixed-league fantasy option for the 2015 season. Kelly owns a 1.37 WHIP and 5.6 K/9 in 274 2/3 career innings as a starting pitcher and he has been getting rocked this spring in Grapefruit League play.
Mar 19 - 9:13 AM

Joe Kelly (biceps) will play catch Wednesday.

Kelly left Monday's Grapefruit League start due to mild biceps tightness, but the hope is that he'll be able to throw from a mound Thursday. As of now, he's not concerned. Steven Wright could be an alternative for a rotation spot if it turns out to be a bigger issue.
Mar 17 - 3:11 PM

Joe Kelly felt improvement Tuesday, but still has some soreness in his biceps.

Kelly left Monday's Grapefruit League start against the Mets due to mild biceps tightness. He's currently scheduled to pitch Sunday, but the outing could be pushed back. Kelly has an ugly 11.05 ERA across three starts this spring.
Mar 17 - 10:05 AM

Joe Kelly (biceps tendinitis) will be reevaluated Tuesday.

Kelly left his Grapefruit League start Monday against the Mets due to what was termed as mild biceps tightness. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that it "seems likely" his next start will be pushed back, but there should be more clarity on his status soon.
Mar 16 - 4:17 PM

Joe Kelly left his Grapefruit League start Monday against the Mets due to mild biceps tightness.

Kelly was limited to fastballs in the outing because of the discomfort and wound up yielding three earned runs on seven hits before exiting in the top of the third inning. He told reporters after the start that he's dealt with a similar feeling in the past and that it "usually doesn't last too long." It sounds like he'll be fine for the beginning of the regular season.
Mar 16 - 3:13 PM

Joe Kelly was removed from his start Monday against the Mets with an apparent injury.

It was hard to tell what happened, but the Red Sox will surely provide a status update soon. Kelly's last pitch registered at 97 mph. He had allowed three earned runs on seven hits before departing with two outs on the board in the top of the third inning.
Mar 16 - 1:55 PM

Joe Kelly surrendered two runs in three innings Wednesday in a win over the Yankees.

Kelly struck out four. He looked exceptional for two innings, and he would have escaped the third inning unscathed had Jeff Bianchi made a decent throw to third to complete a double play when Jose Pirela make a baserunning mistake on a line drive. Bianchi, though, messed up the play, and the Yankees went on to score twice. In truth, they deserved to, as Kelly gave up three straight well-hit balls, and it was only luck that Bianchi was right in the path of one of them.
Mar 11 - 5:38 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Red Sox and Phillies "still could have a trade match" on Cole Hamels if Joe Kelly is in the deal.

Kelly obviously wouldn't be the headliner of the package for the Phillies, but he would make sense as a lesser part of the deal with Philly needing rotation help. The sinkerballer holds a career 3.41 ERA across 327 1/3 major league innings. The Red Sox have acquired three starters over the last 24 hours, but they're still lacking an ace and Hamels would certainly be that.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 10:08:00 AM

Joe Kelly allowed four runs over 7 1/3 innings Saturday in a 10-4 win over the Yankees.

It was the longest start of his career. Kelly held the Yankees scoreless over the first six innings before Brendan Ryan hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He then gave up an RBI single to Chris Young in the eighth before being pulled for Tommy Layne, who allowed the final two runs to score. All told, Kelly gave up nine hits and two walks while striking out three. The hard-throwing right-hander owns a 4.11 ERA across 10 starts with the Red Sox and should begin 2015 with a rotation spot, though he's not going to have much value in mixed fantasy leagues until his velocity begins to translate to strikeouts.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 04:27:00 PM

Joe Kelly held the Orioles to two runs over seven innings in Sunday's win.

Kelly limited the Orioles to just three hits, with David Lough's double in the sixth inning driving in the first run. Kelly also walked three while striking out five. The win was his fifth of the season and his third since joining the Red Sox. Kelly owns a 4.15 ERA overall this year, and he'll look to end strong Saturday against the Yankees.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:44:00 PM

Joe Kelly allowed four runs over six innings in a win over the Royals Sunday.

Kelly stumbled early, allowing four runs -- including an Eric Hosmer three-run homer -- in the second inning, but he straightened it out to keep the Royals off the board for the rest of the afternoon. Kelly gave up five hits and walked two on the day. The win was his second since joining the Red Sox, moving to 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA through 15 starts on the year. He'll meet the Orioles in Baltimore on Saturday.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 06:34:00 PM

Joe Kelly gave up four runs -- three earned -- in 6 1/3 innings while throwing a career-high 120 pitches Monday against the Orioles.

Kelly was let down by his defense tonight and deserved better than the line he ended up with. Still, we wonder what he doing blowing past his previous career high of 109 pitches in a completely meaningless September game. Plus, he just had a minor shoulder issue a couple of weeks back. Kelly is now 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA since coming over from St. Louis.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 10:36:00 PM

Joe Kelly earned his first win since joining the Red Sox, holding the Yankees to three runs over 6 2/3 innings in Tuesday's 9-4 victory.

Kelly has pitched well in five out of his six starts with Boston after coming over in the John Lackey trade. Against the Yankees, he allowed five hits and walked four while striking out six. In his new uniform, he's 1-1 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 49/32 K/BB ratio. Kelly will oppose the Blue Jays at home in his next start on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:05:00 PM

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