Saturday, April 19, 2014
Since he reached the majors in the 2010 season, outfielder Ryan Kalish has played in only 93 games. That number is not going to climb any time soon with the news that Kalish will undergo his third surgery in less than two years.
Kalish, 24, will have surgery on his right (non-throwing) shoulder Tuesday. He will miss spring training and the start of the 2013 season.
Kalish came to Portland in 2009 as an emerging outfield prospect. He began the 2010 season in Portland, before making his way up to the majors, where he played 53 games for Boston.
But a left shoulder injury early in the 2011 season began a series of problems for Kalish. The Red Sox hoped rest and rehabilitation would fix Kalish. It did not. He was hampered by a bulging disc in his neck, which required surgery that September. Then he finally had surgery on the left shoulder in Dec., 2011. Kalish tried to come back last season, but never seemed healthy.
“Everything is tired,” Kalish said in a Press Herald story last October.
Now another surgery,
On his Twitter account, Kalish wrote last week, “I am feeling pretty down about his all right now but I will not quit and will work hard to get back to where I want to be.”
Kalish is one of those players everyone roots for - a positive force in the clubhouse and on the field. He may seem broken down and in for a long rehab, but he is also young (turns 25 in March).
In other notes, knuckleball pitcher Steve Wright (obtained by the Red Sox from the Indians in a trade for Kalish’s good friend, Lars Anderson) was featured in a Q&A on milb.com. Wright pitched one game for the Sea Dogs and then moved on to Pawtucket last season. He could see Boston this year.
One tidbit from the milb.com piece: Wright pitched this off-season for Escogido of the Dominican Winter League. To handle Wright’s knuckleball, Escogido brought in Sea Dogs catcher Matt Spring to catch him.
Former Sea Dogs pitcher Robert Coello has signed a minor league contract with the Angels, which includes an invitation to spring training.
This is the last week of the Sea Dogs’ 2-for-1 ticket deal/food drive. Fans get a free ticket to a Sea Dogs game with every ticket purchased, along with the donation of a food item. Bring in a can of soup, buy a ticket and get a second ticket free.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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