Kelly gets clean bill of health, should start Sunday

Kelly gets clean bill of health, should start Sunday

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly appears to have fully recovered from the right biceps injury that took him out of Monday's start against the Mets. In fact, as of now, Kelly is slated to make his next scheduled turn in the rotation on Sunday against the Phillies.

"He came out of it feeling fine," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "No restrictions as far as intensity, arm action or how he felt. An encouraging day, and we'll keep Sunday in line for now, unless something unforeseen over the next day or two pops up."

Kelly doesn't expect it to be an issue going forward.

"I felt good in my bullpen," Kelly told reporters in Fort Myers. "I didn't throw it obviously 100 percent, which I never do in my bullpens. What I got out there today was I got my body going, tried to see how the arm feels. I knew it was feeling fine, but it was more for staff, medical staff, coaching staff, for them to see and make sure. I'm a guy who likes to pitch through a lot of things. It was more for them. But I felt pretty good out there. I threw about 70 percent. It went well."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.