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Joe Kelly describes initial scare of arm injury as ‘different and awkward’

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Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly is good to go, but not without a minor scare.

Appearing Thursday night on WEEI’s Hot Stove Show, Kelly clarified that the biceps injury he suffered in his last start was something he had never experienced before.

Kelly left Monday’s start against the Mets with spasms in his right biceps, an injury he described as “different and awkward.” After suffering the injury, he had initially said it was similar to one he had had with the Cardinals.

“Anytime a pitcher comes out of the game and it’s injury related, you never know what can happen,” Kelly said. “Obviously some guys come out of games with tight forearms, and that leads to Tommy John [surgery].

“What I had the other day was a combination of my biceps not firing properly and I had a little bit of spasms, a tightening up, which I’d never had in my life. That’s something different and awkward. [The Red Sox [2]] saw that my arm wasn’t working properly and got me out of the game.”

Kelly threw a 32-pitch bullpen on Thursday at what he estimated to be about 75 percent effort, and then declared himself ready to make Sunday’s start against the Phillies. An MRI earlier this week found no structural damage.

“Today told me basically that I’m good to go,” Kelly said. “It wasn’t game speed. I didn’t have a chance to really let anything go. … It was a good session, more for the training staff, the medical staff and the coaches to let them know I’m all right. I like to pitch through a lot of stuff. Some guys would come out of the game early if they’re not feeling right. That’s something I’m not very good at. I pitch through pretty much anything.”

Kelly added that his arm is sound.

“There’s no structural damage or anything like that,” he said. “We’re 100 percent sure there will be no further damage. It’s one of those things ‘€“ if you get it, you’ve got to work through it and pitch through a little dead arm.”