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Shoulder surgery may keep Ryan Kalish out until June

Dec 29, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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By trading Josh Reddick to the A’s yesterday the Red Sox seemingly cleared the way for Ryan Kalish to take over as their starting right fielder at some point in 2012, but whether he’s in the minors or majors Kalish will likely begin the season on the disabled list.

Kalish missed most of 2011 with injuries and had neck surgery in September, and now Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the 23-year-old outfielder also underwent left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum on November 8.

Kalish indicated that no official timetable has been established for his return yet, but Abraham speculates that he won’t be ready for game action until at least May and would presumably have to put together a good stretch at Triple-A before a call-up to Boston was an option.

He initially injured the shoulder while attempting to make a diving catch at Triple-A in April and later experienced neck problems related to the shoulder issues.

Boston acquired Ryan Sweeney as part of yesterday’s Andrew Bailey-for-Josh Reddick swap and starting him in right field versus right-handed pitching while finding a platoon partner to knock around left-handed pitching makes sense regardless of Kalish’s status.

  1. xpensivewinos - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Sweeney and Darnell McDonald will be an adequate platoon. What they lack in offense, they make up for with their defense.

  2. schlom - Dec 29, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Amazing that a team with a $160m payroll would even consider starting Ryan Kalish. Must be great to be a Red Sox minor leaguer, people think your good even though there is nothing in your track record that shows it

    • baseballisboring - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:06 PM

      Nothing? At all? He barely played in 2011…in 2010 he hit .294/.382/.502.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:09 PM

      Between AA and AAA. He still needs some seasoning and he’s not a star, but I don’t see why he wouldn’t project as a solid regular.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      Interesting, but minor league stats do not tell the whole story. Teams are constantly having their prospects try new things such as batting stances and strategy dealing with various pitch counts. They may be happy with seemingly low numbers as long as they see substantive progress towards becoming major league ready. A lot of players with sub standard minor league numbers perform quite well in the majors, while other players with great minor league stats flame out in the majors.

      • schlom - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:42 PM

        He’s been ranked once in Baseball America’s Top 100 (96th after the 2007 season). He’s a less heralded prospect than Aaron Cunningham who was just traded for a Double A reliever. Yet a team with World Series aspirations is reportedly planning on using him as a starter. Granted he can probably match what Carl Crawford did last season at 2% of the cost but it doesn’t seem like the best plan.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:03 PM

        a) The Sox were not planning on using him as a starter, he was going back to AAA until he was ready.

        b) 2010 was his breakout year, but he also lost his prospect status. That is why you’re not seeing him as a highly ranked prospect. He is quite well thought of by scouts.

        Good teams let their prospects attempt to break in, with backup plans if they’re not sure they can hack it. Boston has a pretty good track record of breaking in young players.

      • schlom - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM


        I he really well thought of by scouts? He had a decent 2010 season but most of the damage was done in Double A and it was only 78 games total. In the majors he hit just 252/305/410, not terrible at 22 but obviously not great. I just think it’s funny on how overrated Boston (and New York) prospects get – if he played for the Padres no one would even know who he was (nor would anyone think he’d be a starter in 2011).

      • Ari Collins - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:19 PM

        He is not overrated due to being in Boston. Scouts are pretty impartial. He may be overrated by the media’s bias towards big markets, but scouts and prospect mavens consistently rate prospects regardless of what team they’re for. (And, in fact, better prospects tend to be on worse teams, due to draft position.) As an example, take your ” if he played for the Padres no one would even know who he was” comment. It’s unintentionally ironic, because one of the players traded to the Padres last year, Anthony Rizzo, has seen his prospect star rise considerably. He’s much more hyped now that he’s in San Diego, because where you are matters a lot less in the prospect world than what you’ve done.

        Prospecting for prospects is much more merit-based than, say, the major league gold gloves, which are just given to whoever’s been around a while, particularly on big media market teams.

        As to Kalish’s quality, an important scouting issue is Age Related to League (often shortened to ARL). Hitting as well as Kalish did in the high minors at the age of 22 (and in pitcher’s leagues, no less) is pretty big.

        He’s been hit with injuries in the year since, and he needs to prove he’s the same player he was in 2010. But that was an excellent player, so he’s got a lot of upside.

      • JBerardi - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:16 PM

        “if he played for the Padres no one would even know who he was (nor would anyone think he’d be a starter in 2011).”

        If he played for the Padres he WOULD be a starter in 2011. With the Red Sox he might actually not be. So what exactly are we talking about here?

  3. bozosforall - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    The Red Sox are still gonna suck, with or without him…unless he can pitch, that is. LMAO

    • Ralphie - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Bozo, I was just looking at your profile photo. You have that pasty-white “Mommy’s Basement Tan” syndrome, you’re at least 300 lbs, you’re obviously undergoing estrogen reduction therapy because of those large saddle bags on your chest and Mommy and Daddy still dress you in that silly sailor’s suit. Other than that you’re the basic run-of-the -mill, underachieving Newark native.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      Hint: when you’re the only one laughing, maybe you’re not actually funny.

    • bozosforall - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:29 PM

      Hint: I couldn’t care less what loser Boston types like Ralphie and Ari think about me. And I’ve never even been to Newark, RalphieTheMoron.

      • aceshigh11 - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

        You do realize that you’re a very sick individual, don’t you?

        Congratulations…you’ve singlehandedly made this board almost completely unreadable with your fucking psychotic bullshit.

      • hammyofdoom - Dec 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM

        I can understand you not liking the Red Sox: most sports fans have one or two teams they absolutely cannot stand. But why the hell do you come into Boston related posts and ruin everyone else’s civil discussion? I manage to talk evenly about the Yankees, even though there are players on their team I hate, why cant you just ignore the Boston related posts or at least be a little less I dunno… douchy? Can’t really describe it any other way

  4. hammyofdoom - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Honestly from everything I have heard, Kalish no matter what was going to be in AAA next year due to his loss of valuable development time due to injuries. Hopefully this guy will be a decent regular patrolling RF for the Sox in 2013, but 2012 seems to be a stop-gap season in RF for the Sox, cant really sugarcoat it to anything better.

  5. neelyisgod - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Is Dewey available?

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