It had been a great year so far for Casey Kelly prior to Monday. In his first two career Triple A starts Kelly had gone 12 innings while allowing just three runs and striking out 14 batters. In addition, the sinker specialist has managed to hold a 1.63 ground-ball-to-fly-ball rate in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League through his first two starts. A small sample to be sure, but extremely encouraging results for a guy who underwent delivery changes just two months prior.
On Monday, Kelly was scratched from his scheduled start due to what the team called “elbow discomfort.” In the time since then GM Josh Byrnes has revealed that Kelly complained of elbow soreness after his last start, which caused the team to take an extremely cautious approach.
That cautious approach led to an MRI performed by Padres doctors back in San Diego that revealed elbow inflammation that would place Kelly on the disabled list for the next few weeks. Continue reading “Casey Kelly Injury Update” »