Right-hander Shawn Kelley’s first appearance of his second rehabilitation assignment of the 2011 season was on Wednesday in Tacoma vs the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s, the Sacramento River Cats.
Kelley entered to start the 7th inning and retired the side in order, striking out his first two hitters—right-handers Chris Carter, who had earlier homered for what would be the Cats’ only run of the game, and Anthony Recker.
Kelley showed good command of all three of his pitches and threw nine of 15 pitches for strikes. He got Carter looking on a slider and Recker looking on a change before getting Michael Taylor to fly out to end the inning.
Kelley’s fastball — which has typically sat 92-94 in his previous time with the Mariners — was consistent at 90 on all but one fastball (which registered 92 on the scoreboard gun) and he worked quickly and confidently, showing no ill effects of the multiple setbacks that have kept him out of action this season.
Kelley has made 63 relief appearances for Seattle over the past two seasons posting a 4.31 ERA while striking out 8.5 hitters per 9 innings and is under team control through the 2014 season.