After plunking, Hanley finally gets his hands on Joe Kelly, his new teammate
FEB 25, 12:57a ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: Mar 2 / 4:32a ET
News: Kelly is adding a four-seam fastball to his repertoire, WEEI.com reports. "That's what I was working on [Saturday]. It was coming out good," Kelly explained. "I never threw it. This is the first time trying it. I thought I would give it a try. It's harder. It gets on hitters quick."
Impact: Kelly drew raves from hitters following a live batting-practice session Saturday. The right-hander has had some success in the majors, but has yet to do it consistently.
Rotowire: Feb 28 / 8:17p ET
News: Kelly needs to refine his command overall and become more efficient, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, who wants to see the right-hander go deeper into games, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Kelly walked nearly four batters per nine innings last season for St. Louis and Boston, with that number increasing to 4.7 per nine while with the Red Sox. In order to get more innings, limiting walks is important, but so is managing counts -- throwing first-pitch strikes and getting ahead in counts. We'll get to see soon if Kelly is making any progress with pitch efficiency. He's slated to pitch this coming Thursday against the Twins.
Rotowire: Feb 28 / 6:19a ET
News: Kelly will pitch the Grapefruit League opener Thursday against the Twins, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Thursday will be Boston's first spring-training game against major league competition. On Tuesday, when they kick off competitive games with a doubl-header against Northeastern University and Boston College, Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello and Wade Miley are scheduled to pitch. Those scheduled assignments suggest Kelly is fourth in the starting rotation.