BALTIMORE -- Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish, who has been limited to just 24 minor league games since the start of 2011 due to a pair of injuries (a partial tear of his shoulder labrum and a bulging disc in his neck) that ultimately required surgery, has advanced his rehab process to the point where he is now playing in extended spring training games in Fort Myers. If all goes well on that front, then Kalish could be sent out to a minor league affiliate to begin playing against more advanced competition by mid-June.
The 24-year-old played 53 big league games for the Sox in 2010, hitting .252 with a .305 OBP, a .405 slugging mark, a .710 OPS, four homers and 10 steals. While he likely will need an extended time in the minors playing against advanced competition before he is ready to return to the big leagues, if Kalish returns to full health it could be a significant development for a Red Sox team that currently has seven outfielders on the disabled list and is eager for reinforcements.
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