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Ryan Kalish Expected To Miss Season's Start

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Ryan Kalish of the Boston Red Sox hits a double to get team mate Yamaico Navarro home against the New York Yankees during their game  at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Ryan Kalish of the Boston Red Sox hits a double to get team mate Yamaico Navarro home against the New York Yankees during their game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Just to hammer home how much Ryan Sweeney wasn't a throw-in as part of the Andrew Bailey trade, Peter Abraham is reporting that, in addition to the neck surgery Ryan Kalish underwent earlier this off-season, he also had shoulder surgery, too.

Kalish, who was already expected to just DH in spring training and begin the year at Pawtucket due to recovery from the neck issue, likely won't even get to do that as he recovers from the procedure on his labrum.

It's not Kalish's time in the majors whether the shoulder surgery happened or not: he hit .252/.305/.405 with the Red Sox in 2010 as a 22-year-old, and missed almost the entire 2011 season due to injuries. If he wasn't completely ready before he missed a season of development, he likely isn't ready to jump back in to a starting role now.

No matter, though, as long as there are no long-term repercussions for the still young Kalish here. Sweeney can capably fill-in in right in a platoon in the meantime, until Kalish is ready to take over what, barring anymore setbacks, should be his eventual home in Fenway's right field.