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By Scott Barancik/Jewish Baseball News

Injury-prone Boston Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish has hurt his right (non-throwing) shoulder and will undergo surgery, forcing him to miss Spring Training and probably some of the 2013 regular season.

The news comes as a blow to Red Sox fans who hoped the 24-year-old Kalish would assume a larger role in the outfield after enduring two surgeries that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. Kalish enjoyed a strong rookie season in 2010, hitting .252 with 4 HRs, 24 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases in 163 at-bats. He later underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left (throwing) shoulder and a bulging disc in his neck. Kalish managed to return to Boston for a short if underwhelming stint in 2012 and dedicated himself to getting stronger in the offseason.

It’s not clear whether injuring his right shoulder was a better fate than re-injuring his left one. Dr. Lewis Yocum reportedly is scheduled to operate on Kalish next week. In 2010, Baseball Prospectus named Yocum the No. 2 surgeon in baseball.

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