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  • Pitcher Casey Kelly will make a couple starts for the Padres before the end of the season, the Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin reports. Kelly will likely join the rotation sometime next week, with Lin predicting that the righty's first start will be Sept. 26 against the Diamondbacks. While Kelly's minor league numbers may not inspire much confidence, he has the athleticism and stuff to pitch like a No. 4 starter in time, and given his home ballpark, his overall production could resemble that of a No. 3 starter. If he returns next Saturday he will get a home start against the Diamondbacks and a road start against the Dodgers, who could be resting players at that point, so there could be some sneaky value here.

  • Padres pitcher Casey Kelly made his first start of the season in an appearance for Double-A San Antonio on Thursday. The right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013, allowed two hits and no walks, while striking out one in four scoreless innings. Kelly has mostly pitched in relief this season. In 15 outings, including one for Triple-A El Paso, he is 1-3 with a 3.13 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and one save. He also has 18 strikeouts and nine walks in 23 innings.

  • The Padres have optioned pitcher Casey Kelly to Triple-A El-Paso, the team announced after Sunday's game. Kelly, who threw just one inning this spring, is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery last season. Kelly threw 29 innings in 2014, posting a 2-3 record with a 6.21 ERA and 26 strikeouts.

  • Padres pitcher Casey Kelly pitched one inning during Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks, per UT San Diego. This was Kelly's first appearance in 10 months and he threw only seven pitches, retiring the side in the eighth inning. "It happened so quick, and I'm in the dugout like, 'Man, I want to go back out for another inning,'" Kelly said after throwing a perfect frame in the Padres' 7-5 loss at Peoria Stadium. "But it was a good start, and I'll just build off of that." Kelly has struggled with injuries since having Tommy John surgery in May of 2013. He has also dealt with forearm and groin strains. Saturday was the fifth game he has appeared in since having his elbow reconstructed in 2013. "Once I started running in, that adrenaline rush -- haven't felt that in a while," Kelly said. "It was good to get that back. ... Everything felt good today, and that was the biggest thing, coming out healthy."

  • Casey Kelly will return to the mound for the first time in 10 months. He is scheduled to pitch one inning for the Padres on Saturday. Kelly's return from 2013 Tommy John surgery was derailed last May, when he had to be shut down for the season. After one bullpen session this spring, he was sidelined again by a groin strain. "His arm is fine," said Padres manager Bud Black, per's Corey Brock. "He had that groin situation. But he's over that and he feels good and he's ready to go."

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