Tuesday August 13, 2013 | 09:29 AM

Ryan Kalish tweeted this morning:

"On the way to the hospital. Thank you for all the kind words. Let's get this done and let this be the end of it. Wow it's early #whereisthesun?"

Typical Kalish. Finding a little humor (it was just past 5 a.m. in California) in what must be an incredibly frustrating time.

Kalish is undergoing cervical fusion surgery this morning in Los Angeles. It is Kalish's fourth major surgery in two years. Early in the 2011 season, Kalish was injured while making a diving catch for Pawtucket. Since then, he has had surgeries on his neck and left shoulder (2011) and right shoulder (January, 2013).

A cervical fusion surgery involves linking together damaged segments of the vertebral column (yeah, I Googled it).

Kalish, 25, is hoping to be ready for spring training in 2014.

He played for Portland in 2009-10, before reaching the majors in 2010 when multiple Red Sox injuries presented an opportunity. Kalish showed potential in 53 games, batting .252 with four home runs and 10 stolen bases.

But then came the surgeries. He played briefly last year (36 games for Boston), but was limited. Kalish said "everything is tired" in a post-season story we wrote. He was hoping for rest and rehab in the off-season. But then came the January surgery. And now this.

It will be a wonderful comeback story if Kalish comes all the way back from these setbacks.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox took Monday off, while Baltimore lost in Arizona on an Adam Eaton walk-off home run. The Orioles are five games back: 

Red Sox 71-49
Rays 66-50 (3 games back)
Orioles 65-53 (5)
Yankees 60-57 (9.5)
Jays 54-64 (16)

Boston faces Toronto tonight. Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.67) looks for a solution on the mound. in his past two starts, he's allowed 12 earned runs in 12 innings.

The Sea Dogs did not play, but news broke that shortstop Deven Marrero has beem promoted to Double-A. Marrero is said to be close to Jose Iglesias in defensive ability. That is indeed high praise (did you see Iglesias' highlight play with the Tigers Monday night?)

There might be one more prospect headed to Portland. We look at Marrero and others in today's column.

The Sea Dogs are in Altoona tonight. Portland is tied with New Hampshire and New Britain, six games behind Trenton, in a race for the last playoff spot in the Eastern League East Division. Portland needs a solid road trip in Altoona (3 games) and Harrisburg (3 more) before finishing its season with seven games against New Hampshire and nine against Trenton.




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