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Padres expected to call up top prospect Casey Kelly to start Monday

Aug 25, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

Casey Kelly AP

Here’s an interesting note as we wait for the mega-deal between the Red Sox and Dodgers to become official.

According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are expected to call up prospect right-hander Casey Kelly to make his major league debut Monday against the Braves at PETCO Park. Of course, Kelly was acquired along with Anthony Rizzo, Reymond Fuentes and Eric Patterson in December of 2010 in the deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox.

Kelly hasn’t pitched much this season due to a right elbow strain, but he has a 3.78 ERA and 18/3 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings over three starts since returning to action with Double-A San Antonio. The 22-year-old owns a 3.78 ERA over his first 73 pro starts and has averaged 7.3 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9. If added to the rotation, he will be the 15th pitcher to start a game for the Padres this season.

  1. lanzurrah - Aug 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Padres pitchers were cursed this year.

  2. icanspeel - Aug 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    It’s a gift and a curse because if you are in the Padres organization right now and pitch.. no matter where you are in the depth chart you have a chance at some MLB time. Just ask Andrew Werner and Tom Layne.

  3. hushbrother - Aug 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    In the end, the best thing about the Red Sox’ trade for Adrian Gonzalez is that they got rid of Anthony Rizzo and his super-annoying batting stance.

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