Report: Joe Kelly “is clearly on thin ice” with the Red Sox

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This winter Joe Kelly joked (or at least it seemed like a joke) that he was going to win the Cy Young award for the Red Sox this season, but now he might be headed back to the minors at age 27.

Kelly failed to make it out of the second inning Monday against the Twins, allowing seven runs while recording five outs, and he’s now 1-4 with a 6.24 ERA in nine starts this season.

Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox are thinking about demoting Kelly to Triple-A, with Eduardo Rodriguez likely tabbed as his replacement. According to McAdam “he’s clearly on thin ice” and Kelly may only have one more start to keep his job.

Kelly, who was acquired from the Cardinals last July as part of the Allen Craig/John Lackey trade, has a 3.78 ERA in 376 career innings despite being unable to turn his mid-90s fastball into a good strikeout rate.