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Kelly logged another quality start, allowing two runs on five hits, walking three and striking out five over six innings of a 7-5 win against the Phillies on Friday night.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 6 days ago

Kelly allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five in 7.1 innings in Saturday's win over the Mets. He's won six straight starts and allowed just six earned runs in his last five outings (1.59 ERA, 32 innings).

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 months ago

Kelly (hand/forearm) expects to be fine after the All-Star break, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

Kelly was hit by a line drive during Wednesday's game for Triple-A Pawtucket, leading to some minor issues with his off-speed grips. He'll likely start the season's second half at Pawtucket, but he should eventually be an option for the big-league bullpen, or possibly even the starting rotation.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 months ago

Kelly (forearm) could pitch out of the bullpen when he returns to Boston, the Boston Globe reports. "I think at some point there's an option to come back in that role," manager John Farrell said. "But we haven't said that there's an X number of starts before we would alter his path. But he's got bullpen experience at the major-league level."

Discussions were underway prior to Kelly getting hit in the arm by a line drive in Wednesday night's game. Kelly, who is down a Triple-A Pawtucket working on his fastball location, has allowed five runs and nine hits in 13 innings.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 months ago

Kelly left Wednesday's game with Triple-A Pawtucket after being struck by a line drive, Jake Seiner of reports.

The Red Sox have not yet provided a diagnosis for Kelly's injury, but the comebacker reportedly struck him on the forearm. Kelly allowed four earned runs with an 11:5 K:BB in his first two starts for Pawtucket following his demotion late last month, but only lasted one inning Wednesday.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 months ago

Kelly allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk while striking out four in seven innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, the Providence Journal reports.

Kelly was able to locate his fastball with more consistency and integrate his secondary pitches more strategically -- two items on his to-do list while he's pitching in Pawtucket. But there are caveats to his outing: the opponent, the Gwinnett Braves, don't have many elite prospects, and they are in the bottom half of many offensive categories in the International League. He also didn't have command of his curve ball. An encouraging outing, for sure, but there's still work ahead for Kelly. He needs to command and mix over a longer stretch of time.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 months ago

Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

Manager John Farrell had been non-committal about Kelly's next turn in the rotation after another disappointing start Tuesday. His ERA is sitting at an unsightly 5.67 and he's allowed 81 hits in 74.2 innings of work. Justin Masterson will take Kelly's spot in the rotation while Kelly works on his craft at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 months ago

Manager John Farrell has not committed to Kelly making his next start, telling the Boston Globe, "we haven't had a chance to review all that, but I think everyone, we're certainly well aware some of the up-and-down path it's been for Joe up to this point."

Kelly was rocked for five runs on eight hits and two walks in 3.2 innings Tuesday night. It was the sixth time in 14 starts he's allowed at least five runs. The Red Sox have Justin Masterson on the roster as a potential replacement, or could reach down to Triple-A Pawtucket for Steven Wright or Brian Johnson.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 2 months ago

Kelly was hit hard Tuesday, allowing five runs over 3.2 innings against the Orioles.

The start was Kelly's shortest since his 1.2 inning outing against Minnesota last month. The righty has had a rough go of things this season, posting an unsightly 5.67 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He'll try to get back on track this weekend in his start against the Rays.

Joe Kelly SP BOS 3 months ago

Kelly allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over five innings Wednesday in Atlanta. He struck out three in the no-decision.

The 26-year-old has had a lot of trouble pitching deep into games, as he's finished six innings in less than half of his 13 starts. With mediocre-at-best outings like this the norm for Kelly, it seems only a matter of time until the Red Sox find a more attractive alternative for their rotation. In the meantime, he's slotted to start Tuesday against Baltimore.