Here are a few items of interest:
• Was told earlier today that the recovery time for Ryan Kalish after his shoulder surgery is six months. So he might not be ready to start baseball-type activities until August. That means the coming season is probably a wash for him.
• The Red Sox informed the beat writers today that bullpen coach Gary Tuck has retired, not resigned. That would seem to indicate he will not be working for another team.
Tuck was believed to have a multiyear deal. He was the only holdover from the 2012 staff for a good reason — the Red Sox pitchers and catchers had a great deal of faith in him.
That said, Tuck was one of the more unusual characters around the team. He generally refused to speak to reporters, which is very odd for a coach. He wouldn’t even acknowledge your presence. You could pass him in the hallway and say, “How’s it going?” and get nothing in return. Not even a glance.
But players swore by him, and that’s all that really counts for a coach. He was very good at his job.
• The Red Sox will honor the life of Jackie Robinson on Thursday, the anniversary of his birthday, with programs at two middle schools.
David Robinson, Jackie’s son, will be at Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park and McCormack Middle School in Dorchester along with Tommy Harper. Dr. Steve Schlein, a scholar of Robinson’s life, will also participate in the events. Adam Pellerin of NESN will moderate.
In 1947, Robinson became the first African-American to play in the major leagues.
• The Baseball America Prospect Handbook arrived in the mail today. Xander Bogaerts is rated 10th overall in baseball. Jackie Bradley (32) and Matt Barnes (43) are in the top 50.
As a franchise, BA ranks the Sox sixth. The Rays are fourth, the Yankees 11th, the Blue Jays 12th, and the Orioles 17th.
Casey Kelly is ranked as the top Padres prospect. Infielder Miles Head is seventh for Oakland. He was one of the players the Sox sent to the Athletics in the ill-fated deal for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney.
• The spring training games on March 20 (at the Yankees) and March 25 (at the Orioles) will be on ESPN.
• The Orioles have signed former Red Sox RHP Manny Delcarmen to a minor league deal that does not include an invitation to spring training. Delcarmen turns 31 next month and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010.
• Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko was at Fenway Park today and took some swings in the cage with Will Middlebrooks.
• Finally, if you know any Yankees fans, please pass this along:
Carlos Silva has been a producer and engineer for Yankees games on WCBS Radio since 2006, and is currently battling esophageal and stomach cancer. The Yankees are helping raise money for his family with an auction at www.yankees.com/auction.
Items include a half-hour instructional hitting session with Robinson Cano at Yankee Stadium, a half-hour pitching instruction from Mariano Rivera at Yankee Stadium, being Yankees bat boy or girl for a day, a meet and greet with general manager Brian Cashman, and four tickets to watch the game in his private suite and a two-night trip to Tampa to see a spring training game.