Joe Kelly

Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Adam Warren

April 11, 2015 - 4:53 am

Up until Wednesday, as he began the season on the disabled list with sore biceps, it was unclear whether or not Joe Kelly would get his first start of the season this weekend. In fact, manager John Farrell had already decided to send Steven Wright out to the mound to face Adam Warren on Saturday in the Bronx. However, after Kelly threw 78 pitches in a rehab outing Monday and emerged from a bullpen session Wednesday feeling strong, Farrell indicated Kelly was likely to get the ball Saturday. "My body and arm and everything is physically there," Kelly said Thursday. "It's just a matter of that one rehab start [with Single-A Greenville], trying to build pitches up, and being around 75 pitches my last time out, five up and downs, I should be able to get, I hope, to 90, and give the team a chance to win. After those 75 pitches and all those up and downs, my arm bounced back like it normally does. Then I went through my side session and everything checked out good. They felt comfortable letting me go and I felt comfortable." Since being traded to the Red Sox from the Cardinals in the deal that sent John Lackey to St. Louis, Kelly has posted a 4-2 record in 10 starts with a 4.11 ERA. In his 61 1/3 innings of work with Boston, the 26-year-old averaged 6.0 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and 4.7 walks per nine as well. In three starts this spring training, Kelly tossed 7 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs and finishing with an 11.05 ERA. Granted, his preseason stint was cut short by his injury. Kelly faced the Yankees twice last season, both times in September, and earned wins in each game. The first, a 9-4 victory on Sept. 2 in New York and the second a 10-4 victory at Fenway Park on Sept. 27. In both starts, he went at least six innings and struck out nine total batters. Warren is in a little bit of a different situation. The fourth-year pitcher spent last year as a reliever for the Yankees and never threw more than two innings on any given night, finishing with a 3.47 ERA by season's end. He appeared in 11 of the Yankees' games against the Sox last season and posted a 0.73 ERA in those contests. In five spring training starts this year, Warren had a 2.70 ERA in 16.2 innings, allowing five total runs and holding batters to a .266 AVG. Red Sox vs. Warren (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (13 plate appearances): .167 AVG/.231 OBP/.167 SLG, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Daniel Nava (11): .444/.545/1.000, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Mike Napoli (10): .375/.500.750, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (7): .333/.333/.667, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts David Ortiz (7): .200/.429/.800, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan (5): .500/.600/.750, 1 double, 1 walk Shane Victorino (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 strikeout Allen Craig (4): .000/.250/.000, 1 walk Mookie Betts (2): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double, 2 RBIs Hanley Ramirez (1): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Yankees vs. Kelly (RHP) Garrett Jones (12 plate appearances): .182 AVG/.250 OBP/.364 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Brian McCann (11): .273/.273/.273 Chase Headley (7): .400/.571/.600, 1 double, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Stephen Drew (6): .200/.333/.600, 1 triple, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Chris Young (4): .500/.500/.750, 1 double, 1 RBI Carlos Beltran (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Jacoby Ellsbury (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Brett Gardner (3): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts Mark Teixeira (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Nathan Eovaldi (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Didi Gregorius (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI