Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kelly MRI/Bonus

An MRI on the shoulder of pitcher Michael Kelly revealed something that led the Padres to reduce the draft pick's signing bonus by at least $250,000, this blog has learned. Kelly, taken 48th in June, will get $750,000 per the deal agreed to Monday night.

The Padres give MRI exams to draftees in line for a six-figure bonus, said assistant general manager Jason McLeod.

McLeod declined to specify what the MRI showed but said it wasn't atypical for a pitcher. He said the 6-foot-5 righty, who gave up a scholarship to the University of Florida, will pitch in the instructional league, starting in the third week of September.

"He has no restrictions," McLeod said. "He never felt it."

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