Joe Kelly‘s unwanted return to Triple-A did not go as planned. During his start Tuesday against Toledo, Kelly allowed three earned runs in 4.2 innings. While that wasn’t great, the larger concern for the Sox is the groin injury that Kelly apparently suffered.
According to John Farrell, Kelly was diagnosed with a Grade 1 right groin strain, which will cause him to miss his next scheduled start for Pawtucket. That caution is definitely understandable, especially since the Sox aren’t really itching for Kelly’s return. For Kelly to earn back a slot in the rotation, he’ll need to fully recover from this injury, impress in his next couple outings for Pawtucket, and hope the Sox decide that they’re in need of a starter with an 8.46 ERA this year.
On the other hand, the Sox would very much like to have Brock Holt back in Boston. Soon enough, they will, as Holt will join the team Friday in Minnesota. Over the last several days, he’s been meeting with a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh.
“He continues to show improvement but is he ready for rehab? Farrell said. “The symptoms are there but they’re diminishing.”
Holt’s condition has evidently improved to the point that the Sox are planning to have him resume baseball activities this weekend, which is excellent news for all the Sox fans who have missed Holt’s energetic, versatile presence.