Kelly to make first game appearance in 10 months

Padres righty set to pitch one inning Saturday vs. D-backs

Kelly to make first game appearance in 10 months

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Casey Kelly, who hasn't appeared in a game in 10 months, will pitch one inning Saturday against the D-backs at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Kelly, who had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and was limited to just 20 1/3 innings in 2014 in the Minor Leagues when his rehabilitation hit a snag, has been slowed this spring by a groin strain.

"It's been a long road. I'm really going to enjoy it. I would lie if I said I wasn't a little nervous or anxious about pitching tomorrow," Kelly said.

This will be Kelly's first appearance in a game of any kind since May 19 while he was on a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A San Antonio. He was then shut down.

"Man, that was a long time ago," Kelly said.

Kelly threw one bullpen session early in camp and then missed two weeks with a groin strain. He wasn't expected to break camp with a Minor League affiliate and, ultimately, the injury won't alter his timeline for return.

"His arm is fine," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He had that groin situation. But he's over that and he feels good and he's ready to go."

He'll likely remain behind for extended Spring Training and then head out to a Minor League affiliate in April.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.