Joe Kelly said he’s going to win the 2015 AL Cy Young Award

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WEEI’s Rob Bradford points out that we might have missed the strongest proclamation of the winter: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly promising to win the 2015 American League Cy Young Award. Here’s how it all went down, per Bradford:

Kelly, unannounced, strolling over to our WEEI broadcast setup during the Red Sox’ Winter Weekend at Foxwoods, grabbing one of the headsets and then letting out the words, “I want your listeners to know, I’m going to win the Cy Young this year. Just letting everyone know so when I win it you heard it here first.”

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After the radio interview (which you can listen to by clicking here), Kelly went upstairs to the media room and reiterated his stance to the assembled group of writers.

“Yeah, I’m going to win this year,” the pitcher said when asked about his Cy Young prediction. “That’s what I told the radio guys. They didn’t believe me — [stinks] to be them.”

Over 17 starts last season between the Cardinals and Red Sox, Kelly finished with a 4.20 ERA and a 66/42 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings. Though Kelly has posted good results before, he hasn’t started more than 17 games in a season yet. Furthermore, among the 131 starters who have accrued at least 300 innings since the start of the 2012 season, Kelly’s average of 1.8 strikeouts for every one walk ranks tied for 126th best.

Maybe the 4.20 ERA is indicative of something.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.