FORT MYERS, Fla. — If Ryan Kalish were healthy and ready to play, he could have earned 350 at-bats for the Red Sox this season as the fourth outfielder. The Red Sox will spend much of camp hoping a lefthanded hitting fourth outfielder emerges.
Instead Kalish needed 30 seconds to get his t-shirt on this morning, the painful remnants of shoulder surgery on Jan. 29 in Los Angeles. He had two anchors placed his right shoulder to repair a labrum tear.
It will be 4-6 months before Kalish is ready to play in a game again. If he’s lucky, he’ll play in a handful of minor league games in August. The 24-year-old had similar surgery on his left shoulder in November of 2011 and surgery on his neck a few months before that.
This all goes back to a diving catch Kalish made for Pawtucket in April of 2011.
“I had a feeling something was wrong with my [right] shoulder last year but we had an MRI after the season and there was nothing there that required surgery,” Kalish said. “They said maybe I would eventually need it. But we thought with the offseason I would be OK.”
Instead Kalish felt what he described as a “stabbing pain” when he started hitting. That led to another look at his shoulder and then surgery.
“I can’t lie to you, it’s depressing. I’ve been hiding out,” Kalish said. “You think about a lot of things, but I’m still young and I can come back from this.”
See the Globe on Thursday for more from Kalish.
• Pedro Ciriaco, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, Mauro Gomez, and Ryan Kalish all arrived this morning and settled into their lockers. That’s 58 of the 59 players on the roster. Position players have their physicals Thursday and Shane Victorino is on his way.
• Steven Wright, the knuckleballer, has never actually met Tim Wakefield. But the two have exchanged text messages and Wakefield will be here before the end of the month.
“He wants to watch me throw first and then we’ll talk about what he sees and what advice he might have,” Wright said. “I’m excited about it. He obviously had a lot of success with the pitch and success in Boston.”
• Felix Doubront said his shoulder felt a little discomfort when he started long-tossing and that’s why the Red Sox have slowed him down. “It’s nothing bad. They’re just being careful,” he said.
• The Mariners have DFA’d Mike Carp, a lefthanded hitting first baseman and outfielder. He is the kind of player the Red Sox could have interest in.