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Joe Kelly is “two or three weeks” from rejoining Cardinals

NLCS - St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Joe Kelly #58 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Joe Kelly’s recovery from a hamstring injury has gone much more slowly than expected, but now it looks like the Cardinals right-hander is finally close to coming off the disabled list.

General manager John Mozeliak told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Kelly is likely “two or three weeks” away from returning, although that’s hardly set in stone given that he hasn’t even started a minor-league rehab assignment yet.

Kelly has thrived as a starter for the Cardinals, but he also has previous bullpen experience and manager Mike Matheny hinted that a return to relief work is possible if they want him back in a hurry rather than making him fully stretch out first.

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