Posted: 4:17 pm Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Report: Michael Kelly’s shoulder injury lessens his signing bonus with San Diego Padres 

By Matt Porter

A shoulder injury discovered this summer reportedly lowered the signing bonus the San Diego Padres gave former West Boca Raton ace Michael Kelly.

Citing a team source, the North County Times reported Kelly, the 48th overall pick in the June amateur draft, originally asked for $1.5 million. Kelly told the Times he agreed to $718,000 – $10,000 lower than his suggested slot money – after the Padres discovered an undisclosed issue in his right (throwing) shoulder.

The advisor for the Kelly family, Jason Wood of Arland Sports, would not disclose details of the deal, saying Wednesday Kelly’s contract is worth more than his signing bonus.

“What he is receiving is not what has been reported,” Wood said. “It’s a very complex deal over multiple years.”

Kelly, who threw out the first pitch before Tuesday’s Padres game in San Diego, is expected to begin a throwing program to strengthen his shoulder. He is expected to pitch in the Padres’ instructional camp in Peoria, Ariz. on Sept. 19.

“It’s just a little something that came up, and we’re doing everything we can to fix it, and it shouldn’t be a problem in the long run,” Kelly told the Times. “It should be overcome. I’m not exactly sure, but it’s nothing to worry about, they say. It just came up, and we’re going to take care of it, and it’ll be OK.”

Kelly, a 6-foot-5, 195-pounder, pitched West Boca Raton to its first state title in his senior season. He had committed to Florida before signing with the Padres before Monday’s deadline.

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