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Joe Kelly | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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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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

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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

Joe Kelly has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 groin strain.

Kelly will miss at least next start for Triple-A Pawtucket, but it is far from guaranteed that he will be ready to return even after that. He was lifted from Tuesday's outing after surrendering three runs across 4 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander held an 8.46 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in six starts for the Red Sox prior to being sent back to Pawtucket on June 1.
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 08:21:00 PM

Joe Kelly left his start at Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday after suffering a right groin injury.

Kelly said he felt a pinch before his last pitch of the night. He was charged with three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings, raising his Triple-A ERA from 1.26 to 2.37. The right-hander will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 10:47:00 PM

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

Kelly was absolutely pounded by the Orioles on Wednesday, surrendering seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings. While the Sox could have transitioned Kelly to relief work, they instead opted to option the 27-year-old right-hander in order to allow him to work out his issues in the minors. In six starts with the big league club, he held an unsightly 8.46 ERA and 2.00 WHIP.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 11:29:00 PM

Joe Kelly was pounded for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Orioles.

Kelly looked worse tonight than Clay Buchholz has at any point this season, and he's now sporting an 8.46 ERA in six starts. It's time for the Red Sox to make him a reliever. Put Buchholz back in the rotation in his place.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 11:21:00 PM

Joe Kelly racked up eight strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Friday, but also surrendered five runs on nine hits and three walks.

Kelly was brilliant in his first start back from the disabled list on Saturday, but was much more hittable this time out. Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak each blasted solo home runs against him in the ballgame. Kelly will carry a frightening 6.30 ERA and 2.00 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Orioles in Baltimore.
Fri, May 27, 2016 10:07:00 PM

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2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
3Marco Hernandez
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Deven Marrero
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Brock Holt
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LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
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CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
2Junior Lake
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
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Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robbie Ross
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Robby Scott
8Heath Hembree
9Noe Ramirez
10Brandon Workman
11Carson Smith
12Kyle Martin
13Luis Ysla