Purple Sox pitcher Zack Kelly continues rehab project with Single-A Salem

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Kelly pitched in an expert sport for the second time since April, and he did so in a Virginia ballpark that he is aware of all too nicely.

Zack Kelly pitching through the sport he injured his elbow in. Chris O’Meara/AP Picture

After a devastating harm put his season in jeopardy, a Purple Sox fan favourite may quickly be making a return to Fenway Park.

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Reliever Zack Kelly continued his rehab project on Tuesday, beginning for Single-A Salem down in Virginia on a 20-pitch restrict. It was the second sport he’s performed since he was positioned on the harm listing earlier this 12 months, as he pitched for Excessive-A Greenville on Friday.

Kelly had been sidelined since April 12, when he fell to the bottom with tears in his eyes after throwing a pitch that appeared to have damage his proper elbow. He left the sport shortly after and finally underwent surgical procedure on his elbow earlier than being positioned on the 60-day harm listing.

This was no abnormal rehab sport for Kelly, although. He pitched in Salem’s Carilion Clinic Discipline, a couple of 20-minute drive from the Daleville, Va. native’s highschool. In keeping with The Roanoke Occasions’ Marc Berman, near 80-100 family and friends members attended Kelly’s sport, together with his mother and father, spouse, and even his former youth pastor. 

“It was actually cool,” Kelly instructed Berman. “Clearly I haven’t pitched [around] right here in a very long time.”

Kelly left the mound within the first inning after strolling two batters and giving up a run that might finally earn him the loss for this sport. Regardless of his efficiency, the hometown hero acquired an ovation from the gang as he departed.

“It didn’t go as I wished,” Kelly mentioned, “However … the ovation coming off [the mound] was particular.”

Kelly’s rehab project in Salem will reportedly final one week, with two extra appearances on Friday and Sunday. After that, he’ll transfer as much as Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester barring any setbacks.

Taking the mound at Fenway Park earlier than September ends will surely be a full-circle second for Kelly, whose season gave the impression to be doubtful as soon as he went down towards the Rays on April 12. But when all the pieces goes proper for him, Kelly may very well be returning to Boston simply in time to supply a lift to the workforce’s playoff push.