Swihart caught three innings during Thursday's exhibition game against Northeastern University and reported no issues with throws back to the pitcher, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. This was Swihart's first game action in over eight months.
Kelly shortened the arm action in his delivery last season when he was moved to the bullpen full time, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. After moving to the pen, Kelly had a 1.02 ERA and 1.019 WHIP, striking out 21 and walking five over 17.2 innings.
Abad, who didn't pitch well after being acquired by Boston last season and was left off the postseason roster, was retained by the Red Sox because they recognize he can be an effective left-handed reliever, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.