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Red Sox demote starter Joe Kelly

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BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 01: Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 1, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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The Boston Red Sox have optioned starter Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Kelly got shelled by the Orioles last night, giving up seven runs in two and two-thirds innings. Not that this was an outlier, really. In six starts with the Sox, he posted a 8.46 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. Somehow, after the news, Kelly said he “didn’t see it coming.” Well, OK then.

Kelly is the latest reshuffle in the Sox’ rotation, following Clay Buchholz’s move to the bullpen last week. The Sox don’t have a need for a fifth starter for a couple of weeks given some off days so they don’t yet have to decide who will take Kelly’s spot. Maybe it’s Buchholz. John Farrell wouldn’t say last night. He probably doesn’t know himself.