He ‘won’ the 5th starter position in Spring Training, beating out Carlos Martinez, who had the better statistical camp. The 5th spot was opened up with a injury to Jamie Garcia.
Kelly appears to have pulled his hamstring in the bottom of the 4th inning of today’s game against the Brewers trying to leg out a bunt single. He hit the bag, took a few steps clutching the back of his leg and summoned out the training staff.
The Cardinals are labeling it ‘tightness’.
He limped off the field and was replaced in the 5th inning with Seth Maness, who promptly jerked open the flood gates and surrendered 3 runs.
Conventional wisdom would believe that Carlos Martinez is still ‘stretched out’ from spring and will slide seamlessly into the 5th spot in the rotation while Kelly heals, if he needs to miss a start or more.