LAKELAND, Fla. -- Don Kelly needed at-bats before Spring Training wrapped up after missing four days with a bad hamstring. He got seven of them on Friday.
That's the usefulness of Minor League intersquad games this time of spring. Kelly served as a designated hitter and led off every half-inning, allowing him to get a concentrated number of at-bats in a short amount of time. The original plan was four at-bats, but he stayed in for a few more.
"Everything felt really good," Kelly said.
Kelly is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's exhibition against the Nationals in Washington, but he'll likely enter the game at some point to get some outfield work. That should be enough to ensure he's ready for Opening Day.
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