Ryan Kalish - The Forgotten Player

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Remember Ryan Kalish? Maybe not, but with all the hype surrounding Jackie Bradley Jr, that's understandable.

Let's take a quick moment to reacquaint ourselves with Ryan Kalish. He first made his break in 2010, and he was expected to become a mainstay in the outfield, according to NESN. Unfortunately, since then, he's been on-again-off-again with injuries. His most recent setback was last September, which was caused by discomfort in his shoulder, and that led to surgery. Since then, he's been in rehab and he's been pretty positive, according to NESN. He told NESN that his latest rehab stint has been going really smoothly. He told NESN that "as far as sharp pain is concerned, I'm pretty confident it's not coming back." That can only mean good news for him as he keeps working to get back into the Red Sox roster.

He's been working out in the Red Sox spring training facility down in Florida and has started to take swings, which he says have helped to loosen him up.

"I was a little nervous at the beginning of the swinging process, but actually the swinging itself kind of loosened things up," he told NESN. "I haven’t had to take any steps back yet."

He told NESN that he could be back on the field by mid-July. Most likely, he'll be with the AA Portland Sea Dogs or AAA Pawtucket unless there is a pressing need with the Red Sox. That's unlikely, though. The first step for him is to get back in uniform and see how his shoulder feels after playing. Here's to hoping he comes back soon. I don't know about anyone else, but I personally would like to see him back in action soon.

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Conor Frederick
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