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Joe Kelly begins rehab assignment after multiple setbacks

Jun 30, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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After numerous delays Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly is finally on the verge of coming back from a hamstring injury that’s sidelined him since mid-April.

Kelly tossed 41 pitches in a minor-league rehab outing at Triple-A over the weekend, allowing two runs in two innings in his first game action in months.

As of June 16 general manager John Mozeliak said that Kelly was “two or three weeks” from rejoining the Cardinals. That timetable now seems overly optimistic, but he’s finally making actual progress and seemingly could be ready by mid-July.

Kelly had a 0.59 ERA in three starts before the injury and for his career the 26-year-old has posted a 2.83 ERA in 34 starts, which is essentially one full season’s worth of time in a rotation.

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  1. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    hey, some good news about the cardinals pitching staff. that’s rare.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Well, Miller made his normal rotation turn Saturday. That said, he had a bad outing.

  2. kycardsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Cards better get a lot more good news soon. Reds and Brewers are on fire. Pirates lurking as well.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Indeed.

      The Cards strengths have been substantially weakened and their weaknesses are being more exposed by the day while their division foes are getting better both via health and performance.

      It’s not a critical mass yet, but it’s getting close….

      • kycardsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        This is the most important 2 weeks Cards have had in awhile. If they can take 2 of 3 from a struggling Giants team and 2 of 3 (probably should sweep) the Marlins at home, 2 of 3 from the Pirates at home they will be sitting good going into a HUGE serious against the Brewers to end the first half. They’ve played really well against the Brewers the past few years.

        However, if they struggle and go into the break 8 or 9 games back of first, it could be a long 2nd half.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Rumors are hot and heavy about Oscar Taveras being recalled in time for the Giants series, The Dominican Prospect League is reporting just that via twitter.

        Unconfirmed of course..

      • kycardsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        They have to do something for a spark. Hopefully Taveras can light a fire under this offense.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Confirmed by all the usual suspects via the Twitter now..

        Taveras recalled Rondon optioned.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Don’t fool yourselves fellas! I will believe J. Kelly is back (and healthy)…when I see it with my own two eyes. When it comes to the Cardinals organization (as they pertain to injury reports), give them as much stock as you would the injury reports of Bill Belichick and the N.E. Patriots

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      I’ve already said I don’t expect either him or Wacha until after the All Star break.

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