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Red Sox activate right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly from 10-day disabled list

Prior to tonight's game against the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox returned right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly from his injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket and activated him from the 10-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Austin Maddox to Pawtucket following last night's game.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Prior to tonight's game against the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox returned right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly from his injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket and activated him from the 10-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Austin Maddox to Pawtucket following last night's game.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Kelly, 29, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 15 with a left hamstring strain. He made one rehab appearance with the PawSox, tossing a perfect seventh inning on August 2 against Syracuse. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.49 ERA (6 ER/36.1 IP) and a .189 opponent batting average for Boston this season, recording 26 strikeouts against 16 walks in 34 appearances. He has posted a 0.78 ERA (2 ER/23.0 IP) in his last 24 outings, having made a career-best 23 consecutive scoreless appearances from May 1-July 3. Acquired by Boston from the St. Louis Cardinals on July 31, 2014, Kelly's first 41 games with the Red Sox came as a starting pitcher. In his last 48 appearances-all in relief-he has posted a 1.33 ERA (8 ER/54.0 IP), a 1.07 WHIP, and a .194 opponent batting average.

Maddox, 26, has not allowed a run or walked a batter in three appearances over three major league stints this season, the first of his career. The right-hander has surrendered three hits with one strikeout in 3.2 innings, most recently tossing 1.2 scoreless frames in the first game of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees on July 16. He is also 2-3 with five saves and a 3.20 ERA (14 ER/39.1 IP) over 29 games between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket this season. In six professional seasons since being selected by the Red Sox in the third round of the 2012 June Draft, Maddox is 13-18 with 22 saves, a 4.37 ERA (122 ER/251.1 IP), and 215 strikeouts over 135 minor league games, including 13 starts.

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