A recent report states that Ryan Kalish has probably taken his last at bat of the 2012 season. This probably explains why Scott Podsednik, a veteran who probably won’t be back in 2013, has been getting a majority of the playing time in the outfield. It also comes as a shame, as any injury does, because Kalish is a promising young player and former top prospect that is expected to be a part of the future. However, we’ll probably have to wait until next spring to see how he does with a full offseason of rest to determine whether he’s ready for the next big step.
He certainly wasn’t ready for it this year as he played hurt the whole year, and it translated to an unfortunate .229/.272/.260 slash line. He was slightly better in Pawtucket, batting .261/.336/.414 in 27 games there. It’s been clear all season that his past injuries have affected him, though. Kalish has struggled with neck and shoulder injuries ever since April 2011 when he aggravated his neck and shoulder on a diving catch.
He still is yet to recover, but it’s not ridiculous to think that an offseason of rest could work wonders on Kalish. He’ll probably be competing for a job as a fourth outfielder next spring along with Daniel Nava, Ryan Sweeney, and Che-Hsuan Lin and if healthy, he can probably be the best of that mix. Looking to next year, we all hope Ryan has a good recovery and he’ll be ready to play some ball next spring.