Joe Kelly gets start Wednesday for Red Sox, Wade Miley goes Thursday

Rob Bradford
July 21, 2015 - 2:48 pm

HOUSTON -- Joe Kelly is getting another chance. The righty pitcher has been summoned by the Red Sox to start Wednesday against the Astros, with Wade Miley going in the series finale Thursday. The maneuvering will allow the rest of the rotation -- Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright -- to get an extra day of rest. Kelly has made four starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, totaling a 2.84 ERA. With the PawSox he has held opponents to a .206 batting average, striking out 18 and walking six. His most recent start came last Friday, allowing two runs on four hits over five innings. "The power is there. There has been, last time out, almost the tale of two performances inside of one game where he was dominant the first couple of innings and then some foul balls, high pitch counts after that," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Kelly. "There'€™s been more of an effort and emphasis on throwing the ball in to right-handers and using both sides of the plate." The start was necessitated by the Red Sox' needing to bump Rodriguez back a day due to Sunday's rainout. Farrell, however, wouldn't commit to keeping Kelly in the rotation beyond Wednesday's start. Kelly last pitched for the Red Sox June 23, giving up five runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings against Baltimore. In his 14 big league starts this season, he has a 2-5 record and 5.67 ERA.