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.”

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.