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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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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

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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

Red Sox recalled RHP Joe Kelly from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Kelly gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings back in July in his first go-round with the Red Sox as a reliever. He'll operate in relief again this time around.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 09:54:00 AM

The Red Sox announced Thursday that Joe Kelly will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

The veteran right-hander will add valuable depth to the Red Sox relief corps. Kelly owns a 7.62 ERA, 2.15 WHIP and 28/21 K/BB ratio over 26 innings with the big league club this season.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 10:16:00 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The move clears the way for Craig Kimbrel's return from the disabled list. Kelly allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings during his time with the big club. The Red Sox will have to make another roster move when Fernando Abad arrives on Tuesday.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 05:20:00 PM

Red Sox recalled RHP Joe Kelly from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Kelly tossed five scoreless innings with a 9/1 K/BB ratio since being moved to Pawtucket's bullpen. A relief role is probably where he's belonged all along, and he could be a weapon out of the 'pen.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 08:20:00 AM

Joe Kelly (groin) has been moved to the bullpen.

Kelly threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Friday and has another one scheduled for Monday. After that, he'll make a few rehab appearances in the minor leagues before joining Boston's bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. The Red Sox probably should have made this move a while ago. Kelly has struggled as a starter this year (8.46 ERA in six starts for Boston) but he has the velocity needed to be a solid late-inning arm. Adding a starting pitcher will be the Red Sox's top priority at the trade deadline.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 04:59:00 PM

Joe Kelly (groin) will throw a bullpen session Friday.

It's his first time throwing off a mound since going down with a groin injury three weeks ago. Kelly will rejoin Triple-A Pawtucket's rotation when he's ready.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 04:00:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell does not know when Joe Kelly (groin) will be able to resume throwing off the mound.

Right now, Kelly is throwing off of flat ground. Per Farrell, he will continue to do that until he is throwing from 180 feet. The 27-year-old right-hander injured his groin in a start at Triple-A Pawtucket on June 8, one week after the Red Sox shuttled him down to the minors. In six starts with the Sox, he pitched to an 8.46 ERA and 2.00 WHIP.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 04:51:00 PM

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