If Ryan Kalish had gone to the University of Virginia instead of signing out of high school with the Red Sox, he planned to play football and baseball. He still has the look of a strong safety that would throw his body around with little regard for how much it might hurt.
So when the 23-year-old outfielder did not immediately get up after making a diving catch last Thursday at McCoy Stadium, it was obvious that he was in serious pain.
“I don’t know if it has anything to do with football, but when I go down it means that I’m hurt,” Kalish told me. “I knew right away that something wasn’t right. That’s what happens when you dive for balls in the outfield – awkward things happen and it was just unfortunate.”
As Kalish extended his right arm to make the catch, he landed on his left shoulder. An X-ray performed last Thursday and an MRI on Friday showed no dislocation, but there is a tear
“They’ve described it as a partially torn labrum and a SLAP tear,” Kalish said. “They say that it’s very possible that I’ll be fine with rehab, so that’s a good thing. But it also could go the other way where we might not be as lucky. We’ll see. I’m going to push the rehab and I’m optimistic that I’m going to be back shorter than everyone says or thinks.
“I don’t really have a timetable and I really don’t know what the rehab is. Right now I’m just doing whatever our trainer Jon (Jochim) tells me to do. I had an injury last year and we rehabbed that together so we have a good history and I trust him. Whatever he tells me to do on a given day is what I’m going to do. I don’t want this to be a long thing and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that it’s not a long thing.”
It’s no secret that J.D. Drew’s contract expires at the end of the season and that Kalish hopes to be in Boston’s starting outfield next year. But he says that will have no impact on how he deals with the injury.
“If I’m ready, I’m going to play – if I’m not, I’m not going to,” Kalish said. “That’s the way it has to be. I can’t help the Red Sox or Pawtucket if I’m not feeling right. In about a month or so, we’ll have a good idea of how I’m feeling and that’s the goal. I would love to be back in a month – that would be perfect, but you never know.”
One thing that Ryan does know is that the injury will not change the way that he plays.
“It’s not frustrating to me to get hurt the way I got hurt,” Kalish said. “It would be frustrating if I had pulled my hamstring because I wasn’t taking care of my body the right way or not doing the right things. This was an injury that happened playing the game the way I know how. When I have a chance to dive for something, that’s what I do. When I get back on the field, I’m going to do it the first day I get back out there if I have to.”
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The PawSox were rained out on Monday at Rochester. The game will be made up in a doubleheader on July 5th.
I usually loathe rainouts, but the timing was excellent this time. The PawSox were scheduled to make a 4 ½ hour bus ride to Lehigh Valley after the game, so the rainout means that the ride started about 6 hours earlier than anticipated.
The rotation gets pushed back a day, so Andrew Miller, Brandon Duckworth, Felix Doubront, and Alfredo Aceves will start the four games at Lehigh Valley. Game one is on Tuesday night at 7:05. I hope you’ll join us for radio coverage beginning with the pre-game show at 6:50 on the PawSox radio network and pawsox.com.
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