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Ryan Kalish to undergo shoulder surgery and miss spring training

Jan 25, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Kalish will have right shoulder surgery next week, reports Ian Browne of MLB.com.

6:56 PM: Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Kalish is expected to undergo another shoulder surgery and will likely be out longer to start 2013 than he was last year. There’s little doubt that Kalish has the talent to be a useful player in the big leagues, but he just can’t stay on the field.

6:47 PM: Ryan Kalish likely would have logged significant playing time in Boston’s injury-plagued outfield last year, but he missed the early part of the season while he was rehabbing from shoulder surgery. It sounds like he’s going to get a late start again in 2013.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Kalish will likely need surgery for an unspecified injury, which would force him to miss spring training. This confirms a report by Matthew Stucko of MiLB.com. The specific nature of the injury isn’t yet known, but Bradford hears that it isn’t related to Kalish’s neck, which required surgery in September of 2011.

Kalish, who turns 25 in March, batted .229 (22-for-96) with three doubles, five RBI, three stolen bases and a .532 OPS in 103 plate appearances with the Red Sox last season. He probably would have needed a big spring to beat out Daniel Nava for a spot on the Opening Day roster, but thanks to more bad luck on the injury front, he apparently won’t even get the chance to compete.

  1. Jack Marshall - Jan 25, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    The is the Tim Naehring /Jed Lowrie curse all over again.This guy was supposed to be the second coming of Fred Lynn, and now he’s going to be 30 before he’s healthy, if ever. Neck and shoulder ills—not good. Sad. He looked so good in 2010.

  2. edelmanfanclub - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Was looking forward to see Kalish v. Nava in spring training to see who could win a spot on the bench and likely good amount of playing time since Gomes and Victorino both struggle vs righties. Kalish is a great talent but he cannot stay healthy. 25 is still young, and it’s not too late, but it’s still disappointing since this occurs every year to him. Still like Nava though (As switch hitter off the bench, he’s not a prospect)

  3. theskinsman - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    Why does it take until the end of Jan. to figure out the kid had to have surgery again? He was clearly not right the whole season.The Sox coulda sent him off to get fixed at any point in the season,and still maintained the cellar position.

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