Joe Kelly exits Tuesday’s start with an apparent injury

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Update #2 (10:52 PM EST): Kelly has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, per Britton.


Update (8:31 PM EST): Kelly has been diagnosed with an impingement in his right shoulder, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.


Red Sox starter Joe Kelly lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday’s start against the Rays. The right-hander walked two and struck out one before departing with what appeared to be a back or a shoulder issue, according to WEEI’s Rob Bradford. Bradford also notes that Kelly topped out at only 93 MPH and threw from a higher arm angle than usual.

Heath Hembree relieved Kelly and finished the first inning with no further issue. The Red Sox should provide an update on Kelly’s status shortly and we’ll pass word along to you once that happens.

Over his first two starts to begin the 2016 season, Kelly yielded nine earned runs on 14 hits and eight walks with 10 strikeouts over eight innings. This comes after a dismal 2015 campaign with the Red Sox during which he had a 4.82 ERA over 25 starts.