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Joe Kelly | Starting Pitcher | #56

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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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Joe Kelly (shoulder) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Friday.
It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since going on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. Kelly will throw another bullpen session Tuesday and could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment after that. Apr 29 - 4:57 PM

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No structural damage was found in the MRI of Joe Kelly's right shoulder.

Kelly has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a "right shoulder impingement." He appears to have dodged the structural bullet, though. There is no current timetable for his recovery. Prior to hitting the disabled list, he had struggled to a 9.35 ERA over three starts. Henry Owens, Roenis Elias, and Brian Johnson are all in the mix to replace Kelly while he is on the shelf.
Apr 20 - 4:39 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

Kelly suffered the injury in the first inning of his start Tuesday night against the Rays. He faced only four batters and walked two of them, watching his WHIP for the season climb to 2.77. Kelly also hits the disabled list with a rough 9.35 ERA. Henry Owens seems like the best bet to take over Boston's vacant rotation spot and is worth consideration in deeper mixed leagues. Kelly will be run through a full range of tests before the Red Sox try to sort out a recovery timetable.
Apr 19 - 10:57 PM

Joe Kelly has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement.

Kelly was lifted after just four batters, two of whom he walked, on Tuesday night against the Rays. The right-hander has a 9.35 ERA and 2.77 WHIP through three starts this season and could now be headed for a 15-day disabled list stint. Henry Owens seems likely to get the call from Triple-A Pawtucket if the Red Sox need to fill a rotation vacancy, but there are some other options.
Apr 19 - 8:32 PM

Joe Kelly was lifted in the first inning Tuesday against the Rays with an injury.

Kelly gave up walks to two of the first four batters he faced and yelled out in apparent pain on his 23rd pitch of the opening frame. That prompted Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez to call for a trainer and Kelly eventually walked off after trying a few warmup pitches. It looked like it might have been a shoulder injury. There should be an update from the Red Sox at some point Tuesday night.
Apr 19 - 7:28 PM

Joe Kelly walked a tightrope for five innings against the Orioles on Wednesday, only allowing two runs despite seven hits and five walks.

This is what Kelly does. His command is terrible, but his stuff is good enough that he'll still strike enough guys out to stay on fantasy radars. Although he has compiled an unsightly 10.13 ERA through his first two starts, he has struck out 10 batters in just eight innings of work. Of course, he's also walked eight. Fantasy owners who like to be disappointed would be wise to invest in the right-hander.
Apr 13 - 11:56 PM

Joe Kelly was charged with seven runs over three-plus innings Friday against the Blue Jays.

He struck out four and walked three. Kelly allowed one run over the first three innings before the wheels came off the bus in the fourth. And we really mean it. He allowed four straight singles before hitting a batter and then gave up a go-ahead grand slam to Josh Donaldson as the exclamation point. Fortunately for him, the Red Sox came back to eventually take the lead and get him off the hook for the loss, but it wasn’t pretty. Kelly has velocity and is coming off a strong spring, but those in mixed fantasy leagues can do better.
Apr 8 - 11:48 PM

Joe Kelly served up three home run balls while allowing four runs in four innings Tuesday against the Twins.

There goes Kelly's flawless spring. He had been 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA before the loss today. While he does appear improved, we're not expecting big things from him this year.
Mar 29 - 4:16 PM

Joe Kelly pitched seven innings of one-run ball as the Red Sox beat a Mets split-squad 4-1 on Thursday.

He was able to stay in the game despite getting hit in his pitching hand by a comebacker. Kelly took advantage of facing a split-squad lineup that didn't include a single regular (the Mets used six regulars in their home game against the Astros). He struck out six and walked one while improving to 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA. It's been an encouraging spring, but we're still skeptical about him proving useful in mixed leagues this year.
Mar 24 - 4:19 PM

Facing his old team, Joe Kelly allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings Saturday in a win over the Cardinals.

Kelly struck out five, and the only run off him came on a wind-aided homer from Carlos Peguero. He's had an impressive spring to date, and the Red Sox have to be feeling pretty good about him at the moment. We're still not very high on him for fantasy purposes.
Mar 19 - 3:17 PM

Joe Kelly worked four scoreless innings with three strikeouts against the Pirates on Monday.

Kelly was essentially awarded a rotation spot going into the spring, and he's justifying it so far, with just one run allowed in 8 1/3 innings. We're not going to be recommending him in fantasy leagues, but with his velocity, he might yet have some upside as a starter.
Mar 14 - 4:52 PM

Joe Kelly allowed one run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings against the Pirates on Wednesday.

Kelly was supposed to pitch three innings today, but he wasn't quite good enough. His past performance doesn't warrant the promised rotation spot he was given coming into the spring, but there's no going back on that now. It's not that he doesn't have upside. However, he's posted a 4.60 ERA in 35 starts since the Red Sox got him from the Cardinals.
Mar 9 - 5:23 PM

Aided by his defense, Joe Kelly turned in two scoreless innings in his start versus the Rays on Friday.

Kelly is expected to be a part of the Red Sox rotation, though he probably won't survive another start as shaky as last year's. The Red Sox have too many alternatives, and Kelly might prove to be more valuable in the pen than he ever will be in the rotation.
Mar 4 - 5:55 PM

Joe Kelly was told by manager John Farrell over the winter that he would be in the starting rotation.

He was also assured the Red Sox wouldn't look to add any more starters. Kelly's first full season in Boston began poorly but he turned things around in the second half following a brief demotion. He'll slot in as the No. 5 starter behind David Price, Clay Buchholz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Rick Porcello. Henry Owens will be next in line if Kelly falters.
Jan 23 - 4:25 PM

Red Sox and RHP Joe Kelly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

Kelly gets a nice salary bump in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He posted a 4.82 ERA across 25 starts in 2015 but finished the season strongly.
Jan 15 - 2:42 PM

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5Joe Kelly
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