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Joe Kelly leaves after feeling lightheaded

Rob Bradford
July 08, 2018 - 12:47 am

After racing over to cover first base on a grounder by Adalberto Mondesi in the eighth inning Saturday night, Joe Kelly walked back to the mound while seemingly pushing on his chest.

Moments later, Kelly was joined on the mound by Red Sox manager Alex Cora, the team's medical staff and catcher Sandy Leon.

The Red Sox reliever would be taken out, with Cora telling reporters after the game Kelly was "lightheaded" after executing his second out of the inning.

"We don't want to take any chances," the manager told reporters following the Red Sox' 15-4 win. "So we took him out of the game. He checked out with the trainers. Probably see the doctors later on and go from there. Hopefully, it's nothing serious."

Kelly began the eighth by striking out Alex Gordon. He would be replaced by Brandon Workman, who retired Whit Merrifield on a grounder to shortstop to end the frame.

After a brutal June (.977 opponents OPS), Kelly had shown signs of getting back the form he possessed for the first two months of the season, striking out two of the three batters he faced Wednesday against the Nationals.

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