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Joe Kelly | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cardinals placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
Kelly suffered the injury Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park while trying to leg out a groundball to first base in the top of the fifth inning. He was sent back to St. Louis for an MRI, the results of which aren't yet available. Tyler Lyons appears likely to take his rotation spot next week against the Mets. Apr 17 - 1:04 PM

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Joe Kelly has been diagnosed with a left hamstring strain and is headed back to St. Louis for further tests.

Kelly suffered the injury Wednesday in Milwaukee while trying to beat out a groundball to first base. He is likely to be placed on the 15-day disabled list, and the Cardinals will now have to dip into some of their starting pitching depth. Carlos Martinez could be an option, but Tyler Lyons started for Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday and is probably the more logical short-term fill-in candidate because Martinez has been making appearances in a major league setup role.
Apr 16 - 4:30 PM

Joe Kelly left Wednesday's game against the Brewers with a left hamstring injury.

Kelly was trying to beat out a bunt and grabbed at the hamstring after running through the bag. He had to be helped down the dugout steps, so the odds of him needing a disabled list stint are probably pretty good. Carlos Martinez would be the first choice that comes to mind to replace Kelly in the rotation, but it's possible the Cards will elect to leave him in the bullpen and promote someone like Tyler Lyons. Lyons started for Triple-A Memphis Wednesday.
Apr 16 - 2:32 PM

Joe Kelly allowed an unearned run over six-plus innings against the Cubs on Friday.

The only run scored in the seventh inning after a Kolten Wong fielding error opened the door for Ryan Sweeney to deliver an RBI single. Kelly struck out three and walked none in the no-decision. He has allowed just two runs (one earned) over 11 1/3 innings so far this season, so he's doing just fine as the team's fifth starter. However, he'll need to miss more bats to be attractive in mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 12 - 1:01 AM

Joe Kelly limited the Pirates to one run over 5 1/3 innings Saturday in a Cardinals victory.

Kelly flirted with danger all night, surrendering six hits and four walks, but he made good pitches when he needed to and came away with a victory in his first start of the 2014 regular season. The right-hander will probably have an ugly WHIP all year, but he carries a high probability for wins on a good Cardinals team and his career ERA is outstanding. Kelly will face the Cubs at home next.
Apr 5 - 10:17 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Sunday that Joe Kelly will be the team's fifth starter to begin the season.

The 25-year-old struggled in Grapefruit League play, compiling a 6.28 ERA, but still managed to secure the rotation spot. He should provide solid ratios, but his limited upside in strikeouts makes him nothing more than a late round flyer in mixed leagues.
Mar 23 - 6:19 PM

Joe Kelly yielded two runs and two hits in five-plus innings Sunday in a victory over the Astros.

Kelly walked four, but he struck out five and improved to 2-1 with a 6.28 ERA for the spring. Even though he's been outpitched by Carlos Martinez, he still looks like the favorite to be named the Cardinals' fifth starter.
Mar 23 - 4:14 PM

Joe Kelly allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings and went 3-for-3 with two RBI at the plate as the Cardinals topped the Braves 6-2 on Saturday.

Kelly was coming off a bad start against the Nationals, but he had it all working today. He ended up allowing four hits, walking none and striking out three. Though Carlos Martinez has been the more impressive of the two, Kelly looks like the favorite to begin the season as the Cardinals' fifth starter.
Mar 15 - 5:17 PM

Joe Kelly yielded five runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings Sunday against the Nationals.

With Carlos Martinez off to a strong start, Kelly has turned into a clear underdog in the competition for a rotation spot. Something still could change, but he might again find himself in middle relief to start the year.
Mar 9 - 4:51 PM

Joe Kelly surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings Monday against the Tigers.

With Jaime Garcia out, Kelly, Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons are competing for a spot in the St. Louis rotation. Yes, the Cardinals are certainly quite well off when they can have a guy who went 9-2 with a 1.91 ERA after the All-Star break last year compete for a spot.
Mar 3 - 4:52 PM

Joe Kelly allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings, taking a no-decision in the Cardinals' win over the Red Sox in Saturday's Game 3.

Kelly was his usual self -- stingy yet inefficient. He gave up just two hits but walked three, his last walk becoming the second run allowed after his exit. One of those two hits was a leadoff triple to Xander Bogaerts in the fifth inning which led to the other run. Kelly also struck out six and was routinely in the upper 90s with his fastball. He's in line to start a potential Game 7; otherwise, it was likely Kelly's last appearance this postseason.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 12:10:00 AM

Joe Kelly will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Red Sox on Saturday.

He'll oppose Jake Peavy. Kelly has a 4.41 ERA and 13/6 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings in three starts this postseason. Lance Lynn is the likely starter for Game 4, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny hasn't ruled out using Adam Wainwright depending on where they stand in the series.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Joe Kelly allowed four runs on seven hits, including two home runs, over five innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

After holding the Dodgers to two runs over six innings in Game 1 of the series, Kelly was less effective on Wednesday. A two-run second inning and solo home runs from Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford accounted for the Dodgers' runs as Kelly posted just two clean frames. His seven hits allowed were the most of his three postseason starts this year. It will be his last of this series as the teams head back to St. Louis for Friday's Game 6.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 07:33:00 PM

Joe Kelly yielded two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

Kelly really labored early on, but he managed to avoid a meltdown and held the Dodgers scoreless for his final three innings of work. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out five and threw 57 out of 95 pitches for strikes. The Cardinals went on to win the game in 13 innings and will look to Michael Wacha in Game 2 on Saturday.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 01:37:00 AM

Joe Kelly will start for the Cardinals in NLCS Game 1 on Friday night against the Dodgers.

Kelly will match up against Dodgers righty Zack Greinke in that series-opener Friday in St. Louis. Michael Wacha will pitch Game 2 and Adam Wainwright is on tap for Game 3. Shelby Miller will apparently remain in the bullpen.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 02:02:00 PM

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SS1Jhonny Peralta
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CF1Peter Bourjos
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Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Shelby Miller
4Lance Lynn
5Joe Kelly
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2Carlos Martinez
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