There was good news in Arizona today for former Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish. He made the Chicago Cubs.
The athletic 25-year-old outfielder had a solid rookie season for the Red Sox in 2010 and was a big part of the team’s plans. But Kalish was injured diving for a ball early in the 2011 season while playing for Triple A Pawtucket. A series of shoulder and neck surgeries followed.
Kalish played in only 93 games (majors and minors) from 2011-12 and sat out all of last season. The Red Sox dropped him off the 40-man roster after the season and he signed with the Cubs.
Chicago’s front office — former Red Sox executives Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod in particular — gave Kalish a chance and he took advantage of it in spring training. He has six steals in seven attempts and hit .275 in 15 games.