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Red Sox prospect Ryan Kalish to undergo neck surgery

Sep 1, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Ryan Kalish started 44 of the Red Sox’s final 58 games last season and fared decently for a 22-year-old rookie, but instead of trying to stick in the big leagues this year his season has been ruined by injuries.

Kalish tore the labrum in his right shoulder while making a diving catch at Triple-A in April, missing all but 22 games for Pawtucket, and now he’s slated for surgery to fix a problem that general manager Theo Epstein described as “involving one of his vertebrae behind his neck.”

Epstein told Ian Browne of MLB.com that Kalish will likely have “no limitations going forward” and “it’s not something that should get in the way of next year.”

Kalish is still young enough to bounce back from the year of missed development time, but the lost season is a tough break for a player who likely would have seen plenty of action for the Red Sox.

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