Kelly sharp in intrasquad game
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The fans were largely gone, the scoreboard was off and it won’t be recorded in any stat book, but Red Sox 2008 first-rounder Casey Kelly was pretty sharp during his three-inning intrasquad outing on Saturday afternoon.
The only blemish was a long home run off the bat of catcher Luis Exposito. The nature of the game had Expo batting every inning. Kelly struck him out in one outing. The next time, Kelly got a little too much of the plate with a fastball and Exposition crushed it over the left-field wall.
“If you’re going to give up a home run, you might as well make it like that,” Kelly joked after his outing. “That won’t be the last home run I give up in my career. It was hard having to face him every inning. I’ve only got three pitches.”
He was able to mix those pitches pretty well as he continued to work on improving his secondary pitches — his curve and changeup. Overall, Kelly feels those offerings are coming along nicely. As he prepares for his first full season as a pitcher-only, he couldn’t say enough good things about what he’ll take with him whenever his time in big-league camp comes to an end. With innings a bit at a premium, he understands that might be in the not-too-distant future.
“If they sent me down tomorrow, [I’d be happy],” Kelly said. “Just being around all these pitchers, I’ve definitely grown as a pitcher the last couple of weeks.”
— Jonathan Mayo