Joe Kelly tossed four shutout innings in a minor-league rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals aren’t quite ready to activate him from the disabled list.
That means Kelly will make at least one more rehab start and rookie Marco Gonzalez will get at least one more turn in the rotation after allowing 10 runs in 9.1 innings through his first two outings.
Kelly has been out for nearly three months with a hamstring injury and tossed only 49 pitches Tuesday, so it makes sense to have him build up more arm strength. And manager Mike Matheny also told Hummel that there was “still not a real good feel for his off-speed pitches” Tuesday.
Kelly had a 0.59 ERA in three starts before being shut down and a 2.83 ERA in 34 career starts for the Cardinals, but this injury has proven to be a lot more significant than initially expected.