Kelly continues to get stretched out

Wright likely to get nod this weekend against rival Yankees

Kelly continues to get stretched out

PHILADELPHIA -- Several hours before the Red Sox opened their season against the Phillies, right-hander Joe Kelly threw five innings and 78 pitches in extended an Spring Training game in Florida. Though there's a chance Kelly will make his season debut on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, it's more likely he will start one more Minors game before being activated.

Kelly was slowed in camp by a right biceps injury and is still trying to get completely stretched out.

"It's still a possibility," manager John Farrell said of Kelly pitching against the Yankees, "but ideally we'd like him to get to 95 where we've taken every starter up to."

Knuckleballer Steven Wright, who is on Boston's Opening Day roster, threw six innings and 95 pitches in an extended Spring Training game in Florida, and he will get a start this weekend against the Yankees if Kelly doesn't get the nod.

"We'll get a better read on Joe tomorrow when he comes in if there's any lingering affects, but both came through today so far so good," said Farrell.

Kelly is eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday.

Ian Browne is a reporter for 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.