(BaseballStL) — Joe Kelly’s trip back from the DL doesn’t appear to be coming to an end any time in the immediate future.
Since injuring his hamstring April 16 in Milwaukee, the 25-year-old hasn’t seen game action, with Monday night marking his fourth missed start.
Speaking in the clubhouse before warmups, Kelly said the progress made early on his recovery has slowed in recent days.
“It started flaring up on me a little bit, started getting more sore, so we kind of backed off a little bit,” he said. “Other than that, it just wasn’t responding the next day. Every day I was progressing, then it just didn’t respond after that.”
Activities have been light for the young starter, with Monday’s session of catch marking his first time even so much as playing toss since Chicago.
It’s a new injury for Kelly, who says he’s putting all of his trust and most of the judgement calls on the medical staff.
“I’ve never had this problem in my life so I’m not sure how to deal with it. I’ve had different kinds of injuries but nothing hamstring-related, so I put all my trust in those guys,” he said.
He also spoke to the frustration of watching the games on TV rather than playing in them, though there didn’t seem to be any change in viewing arena on the horizon. When asked when he expected to pitch again, the California native had no predictions to make.
“I’m not sure about that,” he said, stone faced. “I don’t know.”
Tyler Lyons will make his fourth start in place of Kelly against the Cubs Monday. Lyons is 0-2 in three starts, despite only allowing seven runs in 18 innings so far.