Tuesday August 17, 2010 | 05:52 PM

Sea Dogs starter Casey Kelly is done pitching for the season because of a lat muscle strain.

"It's nothing overly-serious," said Mike Hazen, Red Sox Director of Player Development. "The challenge with it is the time of the year. Had it been a different time of the year, we would have moved this on a little quicker.

"We're not going to rush him back to get one more start in Portland.

"We'll try to focus now on the instructional league the and fall league to build up the last 20-plus, 30 innings we were hoping to get out of him."

Kelly, 20, in his first full season as a professional pitcher, threw 95 innings for the Sea Dogs, recording a 3-5 record and 5.31 ERA.

Hazen said Kelly's injury is similar to the one experienced by Daniel Bard when he was with the Sea Dogs at the end of the 2008 season. It hardly slowed Bard.

The good news on the injury front is the return of shortstop Jose Iglesias. He is batting second in the lineup tonight (as is Dustin Pedroia for the Red Sox tonight).

Here are the lineups:

SOX: Scutaro SS; Pedroia 2B; Ortiz DH; Martinez C; Beltre 3B; Drew RF; Lowell 1B; Kalish CF; McDonald LF; (Buchholz P)

DOGS: Lin CF; Iglesias SS; Chang 3B; Exposito C; Rizzo 1B; Lavarnway DH; Spears 2B; Padron LF; Chiang RF; (Wilson P)

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