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Sunday Bantering: Boston’s Joe Kelly placed on DL with hamstring strain

Your (not so) morning update for everything Blue Jays.

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The Red Sox placed Joe Kelly on the 10-day disabled list disabled list with a hamstring strain yesterday, recalling Brandon Workman from triple-A Pawtucket to take his place on the 25-man roster.

Kelly hadn’t thrown since July 9th and experienced soreness prior to the All-Star break. When he began throwing again on Saturday, Kelly felt the strain and was forced to go on the disabled list.

As a reliever this season, Kelly has collected a 1.49 ERA and 1.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 36.1 innings, almost more than he pitched in 2016. Kelly is in his fourth season with Boston.

Francisco Liriano left yesterday’s game with neck tightness, as the team announced. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the injury is “nothing serious.”

Liriano left Saturday night’s match up against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning after allowing five earned runs on four walks and two strikeouts.

Liriano told John Lott of The Athletic that his neck spasms started while he was warming up, and continued to progress as the night evolved. Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays sent Liriano back to the team hotel, and that he had “trouble sleeping on it.” Liriano isn’t sure whether he’ll be able to make his next start.

The Red Sox and Yankees played a 16-inning game last night, ending with an eventual 4-1 New York win. Today, the two teams will play a double-header. Without any extra innings, the teams will have played 34 innings in about 34 hours, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted.

The Blue Jays, tomorrow, will begin a four-game series at Fenway Park against the Red Sox. If nothing else, the mere fact that Boston has had such an extreme work load as of late should bode well for Toronto.

The Blue Jays lost 11-1 last night, falling behind early to the Tigers on Francisco Liriano’s injured start. Michael Fulmer, for Detroit, pitched eight innings of one-run ball, walking just one and striking out three.

Today, Toronto will wrap up their series against the Tigers at 1:10 ET. Marco Estrada is on the mound for the Blue Jays after giving up less than four earned runs in just two of his last seven outings. Anibal Sanchez, starting for the Tigers, has started four games since joining Detroit’s rotation, giving up more than two earned runs only once. You can watch the game on Sportsnet and TVA Sports or listen to it on Sportsnet 590.

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