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May 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Strong start earns Kelly promotion to Salem

Just two days after Bryan Price was called up from Low-A Greenville to High-A Salem, fellow 2008 draftee Casey Kelly will now be joining him in the Salem rotation. Kelly, the organization's first-round pick last June, had been laying waste to South Atlantic League hitters, posting a 6-1 record in 9 starts so far this season. He had accumulated a 1.12 ERA and 39 strikeouts against only 9 walks in 48.1 innings, limiting opposing hitters to a .184 batting average. The Florida native, who was drafted as both a shortstop and as a pitcher, will continue to pitch for Salem until he reaches his pre-established 100-inning limit for the season. Mike Lee, who had been pitching in extended spring training, will replace Kelly on the Greenville roster. A corresponding roster move for Salem will be announced when Kelly officially reports to the team tomorrow.