Casey Kelly to pitch full time

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The Red Sox’ number one prospect — Casey Kelly — has thus far been a dual threat, splitting his time between the mound and shortstop.  To date Kelly has said over and over that he wants to play short.  The Sox want him to pitch.  According to Amalie Benjamin, the Sox have won this battle, and Kelly will pitch full time.

There seems to be a lot of spin about all of this, however.  Kelly is on record as wanting to be a shortstop. The Red Sox say that they “wanted him to do what was in his heart” and that “[y]ou force
someone to do something in a game as difficult as baseball, you’re
probably not going to get good results.” Then Benjamin describes what was essentially a sit-down in which the Sox told Kelly that him pitching is what’s best for the organization. Then he decides to pitch.

Does that sound like a kid doing what he wants to do, or a kid doing what he’s told?  I mean, it’s not like he can say “sorry, Boston. I’m going to New York now. They could use a young shortstop in their system.”

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: