Player Page

Joe Kelly | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 188
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

After opening up with five innings of one-run ball Joe Kelly was charged with four runs without getting an out in the sixth Wednesday against the Rays.
Kelly struck out seven before giving up four straight singles and a bases-loaded walk in the sixth. It might have helped had manager John Farrell been a little quicker to go to the pen, but since he was prepping his weakest relievers anyway (Craig Breslow and Edward Mujica), it probably wouldn't have made much of a difference. Apr 22 - 10:45 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Joe Kelly allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Friday.

Kelly was dominant in his season debut against the Yankees last season, but he wasn't nearly as efficient this time around, as he threw 118 pitches and couldn't get out of the sixth inning. He allowed four hits (including a home run to Caleb Joseph) and two walks while striking out three batters. The velocity is there for Kelly -- he was still throwing in the mid-90s in his final frame -- but he hasn't found a way to parlay that into sustained success as a starter yet.
Apr 17 - 11:04 PM

Joe Kelly was outstanding in his season debut against the Yankees on Saturday, earning a victory by allowing just one run on one hit and a pair of walks across seven innings.

Kelly racked up eight strikeouts on the impressive afternoon. The Yankees had him on the ropes in the second inning, but could manage only a sacrifice fly off the bat of Didi Gregorius. Kelly would settle in masterfully afterwards, retiring the final 17 hitters that he faced. He'll be a popular free agent pickup before Friday's start against the Orioles. Remember that he was facing an exhausted Yankees team in this one.
Apr 11 - 4:22 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Joe Kelly from the 15-day disabled list.

Kelly will make his season debut on Saturday against the Yankees. The 26-year-old hurler dealt with a bout of biceps tendinitis during spring training, but looked good in a recent bullpen session. He makes for an interesting cheap option in daily leagues against a depleted Yankees lineup on Saturday.
Apr 11 - 11:04 AM

Joe Kelly (biceps) will start Saturday against the Yankees.

The expectation was that Steven Wright would make a spot-start, but Red Sox manager John Farrell was encouraged by what he saw during Kelly's most recent bullpen session. The 26-year-old came down with biceps tendinitis, but he's apparently ready to go. We'd be careful about trusting him in fantasy leagues, though.
Apr 9 - 5:02 PM

Joe Kelly (biceps) will make another tuneup start before joining Boston's starting rotation.

Which means Steven Wright is going to start Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Kelly threw 78 free-and-easy pitches in a minor league game Monday in Fort Myers, Florida, but the Red Sox want to get him to 90 pitches before they let him face major league competition. Kelly is recovering from mid-March biceps tendinitis.
Apr 8 - 5:00 PM

Joe Kelly (biceps) threw 78 pitches in a minor league game Monday morning in Fort Myers, Florida.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday afternoon that he'd like Kelly to pitch another minor league game to build his arm strength, so that would presumably rule the right-hander out for April 11 -- which had been talked about as a target date for his debut. Kelly will be in Boston's starting rotation by the end of the month. He's not a great fantasy option in standard formats.
Apr 6 - 1:06 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with right biceps tightness.

The Red Sox hope that he'll be ready to go when they first need a fifth starter on April 11. Kelly threw 65 pitches in a minor league game on Wednesday without any known after effects, so it's reasonable to think he should be ready for a major league contest in a little over a week.
Apr 3 - 3:42 PM

Joe Kelly (biceps) pitched four innings in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Kelly threw 65 pitches. This was his first game action in almost two weeks. He'll likely need another few starts to build up his arm strength before he's ready to contribute to the Red Sox. Prior to the injury, Kelly had given up 17 hits in just seven and a third spring innings. He pitched to a 4.20 ERA and 1.349 WHIP over 91 innings between the Cardinals and the Red Sox last season.
Apr 1 - 2:46 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Ryan Hanigan
2Sandy Leon
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Mike Napoli
2Allen Craig
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hanley Ramirez
2Daniel Nava
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Shane Victorino
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Joe Kelly
5Justin Masterson
Relief Pitcher
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Robbie Ross
6Anthony Varvaro
7Alexi Ogando
8Brandon Workman
9Heath Hembree