The Boston Red Sox just got one of their best relievers back amid a four-game win streak.
The club activated Joe Kelly from the 10-day disabled list, where he’d been since July 15 with a hamstring strain, Saturday in time for their night game against the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander made one rehab appearance for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday and pitched a perfect inning.
Kelly’s return is opportune timing, as the Red Sox have been heating up after a rough July and are 6-2 in their last eight games. Before hitting the DL, Kelly was 3-1 with a 1.49 ERA and .189 opponent batting average on the season.
As a result of the move, Boston optioned right-handed reliever Austin Maddox to Pawtucket. Maddox has yet to allow a run or walk a batter, but he’s had just three appearances this season, and they’re the first of his major league career.
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