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Joe Kelly | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: California Riverside
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 3 (0) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox activated RHP Joe Kelly from the 10-day disabled list.
Kelly has been sidelined since July 12 due to a left hamstring injury. He'll return to a setup role at the back-end of the Red Sox' bullpen. Aug 5 - 12:50 PM

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The Red Sox are expected to activate Joe Kelly (hamstring) on Saturday.

There was talk of Kelly returning as soon as Friday but now it looks like he'll have to wait an extra day. It's taken him about three weeks to recover from a strained hamstring.
Aug 3 - 5:02 PM

Joe Kelly (hamstring) tossed a perfect inning during his minor league rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.

Kelly struck out one in his scoreless inning of work. He is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. The flame-throwing right-hander has been out of action since July 12 due to a balky left hamstring.
Aug 2 - 11:49 PM

Joe Kelly (hamstring) will face hitters Monday.

Kelly will begin a short rehab assignment after that assuming Monday's session goes off without a hitch. He should rejoin the Red Sox' bullpen in the next week or so.
Jul 30 - 12:23 PM

Joe Kelly (hamstring) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Kelly will go through a similar workout on Friday before possibly embarking on a short minor league rehab assignment. The hard-throwing right-hander has been on the disabled list since July 12 because of a left hamstring strain.
Jul 25 - 8:08 PM

Joe Kelly (hamstring) will travel with the Red Sox to Anaheim this weekend and hopes to be cleared to throw a bullpen session.

Kelly is a week removed from being placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He won't be ready to return when eligible, but making it back before the end of the month seems possible.
Jul 21 - 9:24 AM

Red Sox placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12, with a left hamstring strain.

The injury isn't believed to be major, but will keep Kelly out for at least a week. The 29-year-old hurler owns a scintillating 1.49 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 26/16 K/BB ratio across 36 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 15 - 3:00 PM

Joe Kelly hasn't allowed a run since April.

He's working on a streak of 16 straight scoreless appearances and boasts a 1.27 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 28 1/3 total innings this season out of the Red Sox bullpen. Kelly has averaged 98.7 mph on his fastball in 2017, among the highest marks in the majors. He averaged 96.3 mph with his heater in 2016.
Jun 16 - 12:26 PM

Joe Kelly (flu) was back in the Red Sox' clubhouse Sunday.

Kelly wasn't at the park Saturday as he battled through a flu bug that's spread to multiple teammates. He should be available out of the bullpen Sunday, although the club might prefer not to use him since he's probably still not 100 percent.
Apr 9 - 10:28 AM

Joe Kelly is unavailable for Saturday's game against the Tigers due to illness.

Kelly has caught the flu that's going around the Red Sox clubhouse that has victimized stars Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in recent days. He should be ready to return to action in a day or two.
Apr 8 - 11:30 AM

Joe Kelly was credited with the win for the Red Sox after throwing scoreless 11th and 12th innings Wednesday against the Pirates.

Manager John Farrell doesn't trust Kelly because of the way he struggled to throw strikes this spring, but once the 11th came around, he couldn't continue to avoid him. Kelly did well, going without a walk despite a very tight strike zone from umpire Paul Nauert. Ideally, Kelly will be able to win back a setup role in the coming weeks.
Apr 5 - 11:36 PM

The Red Sox would like to see improved fastball command from Joe Kelly before they give him eighth-inning set-up duties.

For now, you can expect Kelly to work in true middle relief. The 28-year-old right-hander saw time as both a starter and reliever last season, but found far, far more success out of the pen than he did in the rotation. As a reliever, he pitched to a 1.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 21/5 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings.
Apr 5 - 5:44 PM

Red Sox and RHP Joe Kelly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.8 million contract.

Kelly found success out of the bullpen down the stretch for the Red Sox last season and will remain in that role for 2017. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Jan 13 - 4:20 PM

Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski said that Joe Kelly could serve as a multi-inning swing man in 2017.

Dombrowski let on that the Red Sox are not currently looking to add a free agent swing reliever who could chew up chunks out of the pen. It makes sense that the team might want to simply use Kelly in that role. While he posted rocky results in six starts last season (8.46 ERA, 2.23 WHIP, 27/19 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings), he found considerably more success out of the pen. In 17 2/3 relief frames, the 28-year-old right-hander posted a 1.02 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 21/5 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Joe Kelly has "found his role late in games."

Kelly was mighty impressive out of the bullpen down the stretch, posting a 0.64 ERA and 20/3 K/BB ratio over 14 innings after rejoining the Red Sox in September. The 28-year-old has struggled to find consistent success as a starter in the majors, so it's worth a shot to use his big-time velocity out of the bullpen for a full season.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 02:53:00 PM

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