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Joe Kelly | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joe Kelly yielded two runs and three hits in six-plus innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Blue Jays.
Kelly was on a pitch count tonight after leaving his last start with a right shoulder problem. That makes it hard to see why he was sent back out to begin the seventh, only to get pulled after giving up a double. The Blue Jays went on to score four times in the inning to take a 5-2 lead. Kelly is still winless in five starts for the Red Sox, though he's pitched well in four of them. Aug 27 - 10:22 PM

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Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Joe Kelly (shoulder) reported "no ill effects" when he arrived at Fenway Park on Saturday.

Kelly was removed from Friday's start as a precaution due to a shoulder injury, but tests showed no damage and he's expected to be fine. "He’s on target to start in five days," Farrell said.
Aug 24 - 9:26 AM

Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's start after feeling a sensation in his right shoulder.

Kelly left after five scoreless innings, and the Red Sox said the move was precautionary in nature. Testing showed no injury, and Kelly said he expects to make his next start.
Aug 22 - 11:19 PM

Joe Kelly was removed from Friday's start against the Mariners for precautionary reasons.

Kelly held the Mariners scoreless over five innings, leaving after 88 pitches. The Red Sox didn't divulge much more on his situation, so more should be known after the game.
Aug 22 - 9:55 PM

Joe Kelly was battered around by the Astros on Sunday, serving up seven runs over four innings as the Red Sox lost 8-1.

It was Kelly's third start as a member of the Red Sox, and his first poor one. Most of the damage occurred in the second inning, as the Astros scored six runs including four on Jose Altuve's grand slam over the Green Monster. The right-hander has a 4.67 on the season overall, and will look to rebound in Friday's home start against the Mariners.
Aug 17 - 5:11 PM

Joe Kelly held the Reds to two runs over six innings in a no-decision on Tuesday.

Making his second start as a member of the Red Sox, Kelly was a bit leaky with base runners, but limited the damage. He gave up five hits and three walks while striking out four. He was in line for the loss until Jonathan Broxton gave up a go-ahead home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth. In nine starts this season, Kelly has a 3.75 ERA with a 31/17 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Astros at home on Sunday in his next start.
Aug 12 - 11:12 PM

Facing his former team in his Red Sox debut, Joe Kelly surrendered one run and three hits over seven innings Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Kelly struck out two, walked four and threw just 53 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Still, the Cardinals couldn't make him pay for the wildness, settling for a double and two singles in the seven innings. Kelly appears set to get the Reds and Astros next week, making him a worthy spot start in mixed leagues.
Aug 7 - 12:57 AM

Joe Kelly will make his Red Sox debut on Wednesday against the Cardinals.

It will be a very familiar environment for him, as he does battle against his old comrades at his old stomping ground. The 26-year-old hurler posted a 4.37 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 25/10 K/BB ratio over 35 innings with the Cardinals before the trade.
Aug 2 - 1:25 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that Joe Kelly's debut for the team will likely come in St. Louis next week.

Kelly, of course, just came from St. Louis via trade. He last pitched on Wednesday, so starting on Tuesday following the off day seems likely.
Aug 1 - 4:40 PM

Red Sox acquired RHP Joe Kelly and OF Allen Craig from the Cardinals for RHP John Lackey and LHP Corey Littrell.

Kelly owns a promising 3.25 ERA in 266 career major league innings, but he's made half of his appearances in pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium and likely won't have as much luck on batted balls with the move to Fenway Park. The 26-year-old right-hander seems like a bullpen arm long term for Boston. He is under control through 2018.
Jul 31 - 1:07 PM

Joe Kelly was chased out after five innings of work having allowed four runs on seven hits Wednesday in the Cardinals' loss against the Padres.

The right-hander struck out five and walked one on the night. After missing almost three months due to a painful hamstring strain, Kelly has yielded 15 runs and 22 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his three road starts since activation. He fired seven innings of one-run ball on July 19 against the Dodgers in his only home start since coming off the shelf. Fortunately, Kelly gets the Red Sox at home next week.
Jul 31 - 1:31 AM

Joe Kelly was hit hard in Friday’s no-decision against the Cubs, allowing five runs on eight hits over just 4 2/3 frames.

The right-hander struck out four and walked two on the afternoon. Most of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Ryan Sweeney blasting a three-run homer in the second inning and opposing starter Travis Wood connecting on a solo shot in the fourth. He’ll look to get back on track when he does battle against the Padres in San Diego on Thursday.
Jul 25 - 7:53 PM

Joe Kelly fired seven innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Cardinals' 4-2 win over the Dodgers.

It was a refreshing outing from Kelly, who got rocked in his first start off the disabled list last week in Milwaukee. He yielded only four Los Angeles hits and one walk while fanning four batters. Kelly has an excellent 3.05 ERA in 256 1/3 career innings at the major league level and is worth owning in most standard fantasy formats. He'll get the Cubs at Wrigley Field next.
Jul 19 - 7:19 PM

Joe Kelly was tagged for six runs in just three innings in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Brewers.

In retrospect, perhaps another minor league rehab start would have been a good idea. Kelly allowed seven hits and two walks and needed 78 pitches to complete his three innings of work. He'll look for better results when the second half resumes.
Jul 12 - 12:34 AM

Cardinals activated RHP Joe Kelly from the 60-day disabled list.

Kelly will rejoin the Cardinals' rotation on Friday in Milwaukee. The right-hander has been sidelined since mid-April with a severe hamstring strain but has been cleared to return after making a couple rehab starts. He only threw 72 pitches in his last rehab outing, so the Cards would probably be thrilled to get six innings out of him Friday.
Jul 11 - 2:46 PM

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