Boston: Ryan Kalish #55 of the Boston Red Sox congratulates teammate David Ortiz #34 after Ortiz hit a 3 RBI home run in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Ryan Kalish is back in Boston once more, a few days before rosters expand in September. This means David Ortiz is headed to the disabled list once again for his Achilles. The outfielder was expected to pick up playing time once members of the 40-man roster were allowed to participate in Red Sox games in the bigs, as Boston needs to get a better sense of where he should play in 2013. That timetable has been moved up a few days, but he's not listed in Monday afternoon's lineup, either.
Kalish has hit just .203/.247/.241 for the Red Sox in 2012, but that's also just 85 plate appearances. The 24-year-old has missed much of this season recovering from off-season surgeries to his neck and shoulder, and word is that he's pressing a bit, so maybe a no-pressure September is just what he needs to get back on track.
Ortiz extended his hit streak to 12 games with his brief return on Friday night, but has missed the last three contests thanks to aggravating the injury that same night. With Boston looking to re-sign Ortiz, and the Red Sox out of the hunt in 2012, resting him for a better long-term situation is the way to go.
According to manager Bobby Valentine, Ortiz will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in the injured area on Monday, and won't travel with the Red Sox out west to face the Angels. Valentine expects Ortiz to return to the Red Sox in 2012, but obviously, there won't be a rush to do so, nor will they risk his health. It all depends on how his Achilles responds to the PRP injection.