Monday, March 25, 2013

Casey Kelly to get Tommy John

Remember former Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly? He was a big part of the package that pried Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres, and a first round draft pick for the Red Sox in 2008. When he was drafted, he played shortstop as well as pitching for his first two years in the minors.

When the Red Sox signed Jose Iglesias, Kelly finally made the permanent move to pitching. Well, hindsight is twenty-twenty, and the promising young pitcher will soon undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Of course, this might not be the worst thing for Kelly, as many pitchers come back from the surgery better than ever.

The news does make the failure of the Adrian Gonzalez trade somewhat less painful, as the central piece in the trade (who was legitimately hard to part with) is somewhat less valuable than we would have predicted. I definitely feel for Kelly - he and Ryan Kalish should get together and commiserate over injuries stalling their promising careers.

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