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Joe Kelly heads to disabled list

Rob Bradford
July 15, 2017 - 4:27 pm

Prior to the Red Sox' game with the Yankees Saturday afternoon, John Farrell proclaimed Joe Kelly would be the eighth inning set-up man for Craig Kimbrel "when available." Well, Kelly might be second-most relied upon reliever in the Sox' bullpen, but he won't be available for a bit.

Just before the second game of the four-game set at Fenway Park, the Red Sox announced that Kelly was headed to the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, retroactive to June 12.

The righty pitcher had warmed up in Friday's series opener, but never got in the game. The last game he pitched was Sunday, when he took the loss against the Rays.

"He was feeling some left hamstring symptoms, tightness, throughout the break, he was trying to get loose last night, he felt it, and then when he threw his flatground today it grabbed him pretty good," the manager said. "He shut that down, he was checked in the training room, was able to reproduce the symptoms just by going through his delivery at a very controlled effort, so didn't want to take any chances and we made the move."

Kelly earned the eighth-inning vote of confidence by turning in a stellar first half, totaling a 1.49 ERA and .189 batting average against in 36 1/3 innings.

Brandon Workman took Kelly's place on the 25-man roster. In 18 outings for Triple-A Pawtucket, the right-hander has managed a 1.55 ERA, striking out 35 in 29 innings.

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