Padres News: Casey Kelly Battling Another Injury


Injuries have plagued Padres right-hander Casey Kelly throughout his entire time with the Padres. A couple of days ago, I talked about how the right-hander was ready to go and ready to contribute after battling back from Tommy John surgery and other ailments.

Kelly had come into spring healthy and starting to work. That is until yesterday.

Kelly injured his groin Sunday and he will have to be shut down for a few days according to Dennis Lin of UT-San Diego.

Kelly had already been on a modified throwing schedule for the first 10 days, with days off in between bullpen sessions, instead of going on back to back days. Now everything will have to be pushed back.

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Kelly probably wasn’t going to make the team out of spring anyway with all of the contenders for the fifth starter role that the Padres have. This doesn’t help though.

As I said last week, Kelly is the last prize left from the Adrian Gonzalez deal, (though I guess Andrew Cashner kinda sorta counts).

Kelly needs to throw and needs to compete and just needs to be back on the mound. Going to AAA will help, and if he shows he can pitch, you’re going to need more than five starters.

With Cashner and Ian Kennedy going into contract years, and Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow only signed for this year, some spots may open. Kelly needs to show he’s ready.

Is this injury a sign of things to come or a blip on the road to recovery? We’ll see very soon.

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