Joe Kelly put forth another poor outing Wednesday, and the Boston Red Sox were swift to react: the 27-year-old was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket with no timetable on a return.

Kelly, looking shocked and dejected, tried to make sense of what ailed his performances but admitted he didn’t think he’d be demoted so soon.

Check out Kelly’s reaction, as seen on NESN’s “Red Sox Final,” in the video above.

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