LOS ANGELES -- The Cardinals plan to bring Joe Kelly back on three days' rest to make a second start as part of the right-hander's Minor League rehab assignment.
Kelly threw 41 pitches in a two-inning appearance for Triple-A Memphis on Friday. He allowed two runs on two hits and three walks. His next start is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, and Kelly should be able to push toward a pitch count of 60 in it.
"He felt good. The results weren't there," said manager Mike Matheny, who discussed the outing with Kelly afterward. "A lot of that had to do with turning it up another notch. You can say you're going full speed in the 'pen and then you get into a game situation and you realize it's probably just another little bit left. Physically, he felt good."
The Cardinals intend to have Kelly build up the stamina that would allow him to transition back into the rotation when he comes off the disabled list. That could require more than just one more Minor League start for Kelly.
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