It was hinted at on Saturday but is now official.
According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the Padres announced Sunday that top pitching prospect Casey Kelly will make his major league debut on Monday night at Petco Park against the Braves.
Kelly was acquired by the Padres back in December of 2010 as part of a four-player return package from the Red Sox for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
The 22-year-old former first-round pick has posted a 3.35 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and a 39/3 K/BB ratio across 37 2/3 innings this season in the Padres’ minor league system. He missed the early part of the summer with a right elbow strain but is now fully healed.
Kelly ranked 76th this past winter on Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospects list. He was 31st in 2011.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: