Mar 23, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Joe Kelly (58) throws against the Houston Astros at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

MLB News: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly suffers hamstring injury

The St. Louis Cardinals pitching rotation likely just became a bit weaker today after Joe Kelly was forced to leave the game against the Milwaukee Brewers with injury.

Shockingly though, the injury didn’t occur on the mound as Kelly hurt himself attempting to beat out a bunt.

As Kelly streaked towards first base, he could be seen clutching for the back of his leg and began to hobble as he crossed the bag. He attempted to walk off the field, but was in need of assistance and had to be helped down the dugout steps by teammates and training staff.

Joe Kelly calls out the trainer after trying to beat out a bunt single. #STLCards

Hamstring injuries don’t exactly go away overnight and given Kelly’s reaction, it didn’t seem ‘minor’ so it’s possible that he could find himself on the disabled list, though that’s speculation at this point given the Cardinals have yet to comment on the injury.

If he does miss any time, Carlos Martinez could step in from the bullpen or St. Louis could opt to bring up an arm out of their minor league system.

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