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Joe Kelly is not close to rejoining the Cardinals

May 13, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a hamstring injury and it sounds like he’s not close to rejoining the rotation.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Kelly hasn’t been cleared to throw a bullpen session or do any running following a “flareup” 10 days ago. Kelly told Hummel that he’s trying to be cautious in order to avoid aggravating the hamstring injury again and “be out the rest of the year.”

Triple-A call-up Tyler Lyons was doing relatively well stepping into the rotation in place of Kelly until Monday, when he allowed nine runs against the Cubs to send his ERA from 3.43 to 6.12. Based on Kelly’s status Lyons seems likely to hang onto a starting gig until at least mid-June.

UPDATE: So much for that. Now Lyons is injured too.

  1. okwhitefalcon - May 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see Kelly back until after the All Star break.

    It appears Garcia and Motte are close to returning so I suspect we’ll see both Lyons and Fornaturo hopping on the Memphis shuttle sooner than later.

    Bizzarro year for the Cards and extremely tough to watch thus far…

    • missingdiz - May 13, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Well said. I thought they’d be able to ride out hitting slumps because of great pitching. But apart from Wainwright and Wacha, the pitching has not been good, never mind great. The bullpen isn’t reliable (Motte should help a lot). Miller’s win % and e.r.a. are misleading–he’s not getting past the fifth and all those walks are going to catch up to him. Lynn is Lynn, great except for the 3-run inning. A healthy Garcia would be a big help, but I wouldn’t bet on Garcia staying healthy.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Definately tough to watch Falcon. I suspect they will return to normalcy with this homestand.
      I think they have something like 19 out of the next 22 at home. And it’s about time.

      • okwhitefalcon - May 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        It would be cool to see them put together a run but I’m not sure if this bunch has it in them.

        Beyond the tangible deficiencies that have been well documented, they don’t seem to have developed any kind of personality or identity.

        As Mo has said recently “there’s no magic bullet” – this is a performance based biz and the entire major league organization hasn’t performed up to expectations thus far.

  2. bfunk1978 - May 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Well I guess we’re going to have to put our eggs in Jaime Garcia’s rehab basket, which is dangerous considering he’s not been healthy for a full year in quite a while.

  3. beepbeepbeeplgb - May 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    i agree w/ all three of you plus with a healthy kelly and healthy jaime, i’d watch out if i were shelby. he’s looked flat out bad lately.

  4. gibbyfan - May 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    When you look at these guys on paper it just doesn’t make sense that they are sub 500 in mid May. Never thought their fortunes might be largely affixed to those of Jaime and Mott.

  5. dj4900 - May 13, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    When Kelly returns, please remind him he is a pitcher, not a speedster. Don’t try to leg out bunts or infield hits. We need him on the mound, not on base

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