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Kelly progressing, but timeline of return uncertain

Kelly progressing, but timeline of return uncertain

ST. LOUIS -- Though eligible to come off the disabled list as early as next Friday, Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly is expected to miss at least a third start as he recovers from a left hamstring strain suffered while running to first base on April 16.

General manager John Mozeliak said on Friday that the Cardinals should "have a better evaluation of [Kelly's status] in a week, week and a half." Kelly has not yet resumed throwing off the mound or running.

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"I think it's a little early for us to start throwing dates out there," Mozeliak added. "The good news is he's feeling better every day."

Kelly provided a similar assessment, noting that the swelling and bruising on his left leg has subsided and that he no longer feels discomfort when walking. He continues to throw on flat ground -- on Friday, it was from a distance of 150 feet -- and has resumed some lower-body exercises.

The Cardinals would not speculate when Kelly could be ready to get back onto a mound.

"It's getting better every day. It's progressing well," Kelly said. "I'm just going to keep going to the trainers and doing all my rehab stuff. I look forward to getting back."

Tyler Lyons will start in place of Kelly again on Saturday and would then line up to pitch Kelly's next turn through the rotation on May 2.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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