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Joe Kelly | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: California Riverside
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 3 (0) / STL
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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 Kevin, 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

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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

Red Sox placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12, with a left hamstring strain.

The injury isn't believed to be major, but will keep Kelly out for at least a week. The 29-year-old hurler owns a scintillating 1.49 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 26/16 K/BB ratio across 36 1/3 innings this season.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 03:00:00 PM

Joe Kelly hasn't allowed a run since April.

He's working on a streak of 16 straight scoreless appearances and boasts a 1.27 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 28 1/3 total innings this season out of the Red Sox bullpen. Kelly has averaged 98.7 mph on his fastball in 2017, among the highest marks in the majors. He averaged 96.3 mph with his heater in 2016.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 12:26:00 PM

Joe Kelly (flu) was back in the Red Sox' clubhouse Sunday.

Kelly wasn't at the park Saturday as he battled through a flu bug that's spread to multiple teammates. He should be available out of the bullpen Sunday, although the club might prefer not to use him since he's probably still not 100 percent.
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 10:28:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2Sandy Leon
3Blake Swihart
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Eduardo Nunez
3Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Tzu-Wei Lin
3B1Rafael Devers
2Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1J.D. Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Steven Wright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Carson Smith
3Matt Barnes
4Tyler Thornburg
5Joe Kelly
6Heath Hembree
7Austin Maddox
8Hector Velazquez
9Brian Johnson