Joe Kelly SP BOS 13 hours ago

Kelly allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three in 5.2 innings in Boston's win over Baltimore on Friday. He tossed 118 pitches, two shy of his career high.

Kelly, who was hampered by a biceps injury late in training camp and had to talk manager John Farrell into letting him make his first start last week against the Yankees, has been good through two starts. He's averaged 105 pitches while leading the staff in WHIP and ERA. The Orioles battled him and weren't chasing Friday, making it a very laborious start for Kelly.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 1 week ago

Kelly allowed one run on one hit and two walks while striking out eight in seven innings in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

After a shaky second inning when he lost the zone for about 10 pitches, Kelly retired the final 17 batters he faced. It was a large effort for Kelly, who not only was pitching for the first time since his spring biceps injury, but it came less than 12 hours after all of the team's relievers were needed in a 19-inning game Friday.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 1 week ago

Kelly (biceps) will start Saturday's game against the Yankees, CSN New England's Sean McAdam reports.

Kelly will get the start on the first day he's eligible to return from the disabled list, knocking Steven Wright out of the rotation. The previous plan was for Kelly to start at Low-A Greenville, and the Red Sox had been hoping he'd get his pitch count up to 95. It would thus be unwise to expect more than 95 pitches from Kelly in his 2015 debut.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 1 week ago

Kelly will get a final tuneup Saturday at Low-A Greenville before rejoining the Red Sox's rotation, the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber reports.

Steven Wright will get the spot start for Boston on Saturday against the Yankees. Manager John Farrell said that he wants Kelly to get his pitch count up to around 95 pitches, so look for that following his start for Greenville on Saturday to make sure he remains in line to jump back into Boston's rotation next week.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Boston manager John Farrell indicated that he would like to see Kelly (biceps) up around the 95-pitch mark before he makes his regular season debut, the Boston Globe reports.

Kelly (five innings, 78 pitches) and Steven Wright (six innings, 95 pitches) both pitched in an intrasquad game in Florida on Monday, but based on Farrell's comments, it looks like Wright may get the call this weekend when the Red Sox needs a fifth starter. Both pitchers were scheduled to join the Red Sox in Philadelphia for the continuation of their series with the Phillies.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Kelly (biceps) threw 78 pitches in an extended spring training appearance Monday, and could require another outing before rejoining the rotation, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Kelly's return date is a bit unclear at this point, but April 11 doesn't seem out of the question. However, another rehab outing would likely push that date back, but that decision hasn't been made yet. More news on the situation should come at some point this week.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Kelly (biceps) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Kelly is seemingly close to turning the page on the biceps injury, working up to 65 pitches in a minor league game Wednesday, and he appears a likely candidate to start the fifth game of the season for Boston (Apr. 11 at Yankee Stadium). However, by giving Kelly a backdated DL stint, the team can keep an extra bullpen arm or bench player for the first few days of the season. Kelly is scheduled to build his pitch count up to 80 in another minor league outing Monday.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Kelly (biceps) will throw a simulated game Monday, the Providence Journal reports.

If Kelly comes through the simulated game feeling healthy, he might be able to make a regular season start when Boston's needs a fifth starter Apr. 12 against the Yankees. The team also reserves the right to back-date a DL-assignment if they feel Kelly isn't ready to extend himself.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Kelly (biceps) threw four innings and 65 pitches in a minor league game Wednesday, the Boston Globe reports.

The biceps injury has set back his schedule and Kelly is most likely to start the season the disabled list.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 3 weeks ago

Kelly (biceps) will make his next spring start against minor-league competition, the Boston Herald reports.

The decision to have Kelly throw to minor leaguers likely means Boston will place him on the disabled list to the start the season. It preserves the team's option to backdate the DL-assignment.