BOSTON — Bobby Kielty is getting a chance to play for the Red Sox again.

The reserve outfielder, who homered for Boston in the clinching game of last year’s World Series, agreed to a minor league contract Wednesday with an invitation to Red Sox spring training camp.

The 31-year-old Kielty batted .218 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 33 games with Oakland and Boston last season after missing most of spring training with torn cartilage in his left knee. He was released by the Athletics on July 31 and signed by the Red Sox a week later.

He was promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket to Boston on Aug. 18 and played in just 20 games before going 3-for-3 in the postseason, including a pinch-hit homer in Game 4 of the World Series to help the Red Sox complete their sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

Kielty is a .254 career hitter.

Indians ink Donnelly to minor league deal

CLEVELAND — Reliever Brendan Donnelly, alleged in the Mitchell Report to have purchased steroids, agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday and was invited to spring training.

Donnelly spent last season with the Boston Red Sox, going 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 27 appearances for the World Series champions.

He went on the 15-day disabled list in June with a forearm injury and underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in August.

Although he can’t help them immediately, the Indians are hoping the right-hander may be able to bolster the back end of their bullpen at some point.

He is expected to report to camp in late March and will miss the first few months of the season as he rehabs from the operation.

The 36-year-old, who was an All-Star with the Los Angeles Angels in 2003, was one of 80-plus players named in December’s Mitchell Report on doping in baseball. The Red Sox did not tender a contract for Donnelly hours before he was named in the report.


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