Joe Kelly shut down for season with shoulder injury

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Joe Kelly entered his start Tuesday night in Baltimore having registered a 7-0 record and 1.85 ERA over his last seven starts, but his velocity readings were troubling right away and the right-hander was lifted in the bottom of the third inning after reporting tightness in his throwing shoulder and general arm fatigue.

Kelly flew back to Boston on Wednesday for a full evaluation from the Red Sox medical staff. He is done for the rest of the season no matter what the doctors find, per WEEI’s Rob Bradford.

Kelly had been showing signs of development in the second half, but the 27-year-old will finish up the 2015 campaign with a rough 4.82 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 110/49 K/BB ratio in 134 1/3 total innings.

He had a 3.25 ERA in 266 innings with the Cardinals before getting sent to Boston last July.