Kelly was sent down to Triple-A Memphis on Monday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
With Yadier Molina expected to return from injury Tuesday, the Cardinals were expected to make a move. Kelly made the most sense, as he's struggled mightily at the plate through 12 games, recording just two hits in 25 at-bats and striking out six times.
Kelly, who went 0-for-2 with a walk in a win over the Pirates on Saturday, is hitless in seven at-bats overall across the four games he's played since returning from a stint on the disabled list.
The young backstop has found major-league arms extremely difficult to solve thus far, as he's hitting a paltry .080 in his first 29 plate appearances. The struggles are similar to those of his initial cup of coffee with the Cardinals in 2017, when he slashed .174/.240/.217 across 75 plate appearances. Kelly's days at the major-league level are very likely numbered for the moment anyhow, as Yadier Molina (groin) is scheduled to return to action Tuesday, and Francisco Pena is projected to continue serving as his backup.
Kelly (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Saturday.
As expected, Kelly is back with the big club after a brief stay on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. The backstop, who is hitting just .111/.158/.111 in eight games with St. Louis this season, will slot back in as the Cardinals' primary catcher until Yadier Molina (groin) returns from the disabled list. He'll give way to Francisco Pena for Saturday's contest, however. Steve Baron was sent to the minors in a corresponding roster move.
Kelly (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Thursday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Kelly is on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. He's scheduled to catch Thursday and Friday for the Redbirds before potentially being activated from the DL on Saturday, which is when he's first eligible. Once healthy, Kelly will work as the team's primary catcher until Yadier Molina (groin) returns.
Kelly (hamstring) could return from the 10-day disabled list when first eligible on Saturday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Kelly landed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain last week, but it appears the injury is minor and his stay on the shelf could be brief. With Yadier Molina (groin) expected to be sidelined into June, Kelly will serve as the Cardinals' starting catcher once activated. The 23-year-old was hitting just .111/.158/.111 across eight games prior to landing on the DL.
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