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Joe Kelly | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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 picked up his second save of the season by firing a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays must have been in a hurry to get out of town, because they forced Kelly to throw a total of four pitches. His ERA is now down to 2.33, and he's allowed just one run in his last 10 appearances for the Red Sox. May 13 - 5:26 PM

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Joe Kelly worked a scoreless seventh inning in his return from suspension on Wednesday.

Kelly sat out six games as punishment for intentionally hitting Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin with a pitch back on April 12, which incited a benches-clearing brawl. The 29-year-old setup man boasts a 2.84 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 13/4 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings this season.
May 3 - 8:48 AM

Joe Kelly will begin serving his six-game suspension on Thursday night.

Kelly was handed the suspension back on April 12 after intentionally hitting Tyler Austin with a pitch and inciting a benches-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees. Kelly filed an appeal, which is how he's remained active the past two weeks, but that appeal was officially denied by MLB on Thursday afternoon.
Apr 26 - 3:09 PM

MLB suspended Red Sox RHP Joe Kelly six games and fined him an undisclosed amount for intentionally hitting Tyler Austin with a pitch and fighting Wednesday against the Yankees.

Kelly took matters into his own hands after Austin took out Brock Holt with a questionable slide early in the game, beaning Austin when he came to the plate in the seventh inning. Austin immediately went after Kelly as both benches emptied. Kelly and Austin (five games) will both appeal their suspensions. Alex Cora, Phil Nevin, Xander Bogaerts, Marco Hernandez, Dustin Pedroia and CC Sabathia were all fined for their participation in Wednesday's dust-up.
Apr 12 - 5:53 PM

Joe Kelly picked up a save on Sunday in a win over the Rays on Sunday.

Kelly gave up two hits and made things interesting -- as he often does -- but he struck out two and was able to get the job done. While by no means perfect, it's a nice rebound from the disaster that was his first appearance on Opening Day where he gave up four runs and getting one out. He won't get too many more save chances with Craig Kimbrel serving as the closer.
Apr 1 - 5:17 PM

Joe Kelly fanned all three Pirates he faced in Boston's 4-3 defeat of Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Kelly suffered a bruised shin while throwing batting practice a week ago, but it hasn't altered his schedule at all. He's one of the pitchers competing for a setup role in front of Craig Kimbrel in the Red Sox pen.
Feb 28 - 4:43 PM

Joe Kelly struck out two of the three batters he faced Sunday in his Grapefruit League debut versus the Orioles.

Kelly had a bit of a scare last week in Red Sox camp when he got struck in the shin by a ball during live batting practice, but X-rays came back negative and he looked sharp on Sunday. The 29-year-old right-hander will work in a setup role this season for Boston after registering a cool 2.79 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 58 innings last year.
Feb 25 - 2:43 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that Joe Kelly is "A-OK" after being hit in the shin by a ball during live batting practice on Wednesday morning.

Kelly underwent an X-ray to confirm that there was no damage, and indeed no issues were revealed. The 29-year-old right-hander is expected to be a key part of the Boston bullpen this season in a mid-relief or setup role.
Feb 21 - 4:09 PM

Red Sox and RHP Joe Kelly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.825 million contract.

Kelly was in his final year of arbitration eligibility. He put up a 2.79 ERA across 54 relief appearances last season.
Jan 12 - 2:23 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Joe Kelly from the 10-day disabled list.

Kelly has been sidelined since July 12 due to a left hamstring injury. He'll return to a setup role at the back-end of the Red Sox' bullpen.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 12:50:00 PM

The Red Sox are expected to activate Joe Kelly (hamstring) on Saturday.

There was talk of Kelly returning as soon as Friday but now it looks like he'll have to wait an extra day. It's taken him about three weeks to recover from a strained hamstring.
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 05:02:00 PM

Joe Kelly (hamstring) tossed a perfect inning during his minor league rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.

Kelly struck out one in his scoreless inning of work. He is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. The flame-throwing right-hander has been out of action since July 12 due to a balky left hamstring.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 11:49:00 PM

Joe Kelly (hamstring) will face hitters Monday.

Kelly will begin a short rehab assignment after that assuming Monday's session goes off without a hitch. He should rejoin the Red Sox' bullpen in the next week or so.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 12:23:00 PM

Joe Kelly (hamstring) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Kelly will go through a similar workout on Friday before possibly embarking on a short minor league rehab assignment. The hard-throwing right-hander has been on the disabled list since July 12 because of a left hamstring strain.
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 08:08:00 PM

Joe Kelly (hamstring) will travel with the Red Sox to Anaheim this weekend and hopes to be cleared to throw a bullpen session.

Kelly is a week removed from being placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He won't be ready to return when eligible, but making it back before the end of the month seems possible.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 09:24:00 AM

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3Rick Porcello
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5Eduardo Rodriguez
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Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Carson Smith
3Matt Barnes
4Tyler Thornburg
5Joe Kelly
6Heath Hembree
7Austin Maddox
8Hector Velazquez
9Brian Johnson
10Brandon Workman