FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Throwing a baseball used to just be part of life for Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish. But after a 2011 filled with health woes -- some of which trickled into the offseason -- it was exciting for Kalish to be able to throw on Wednesday.
It was the first time he had done so in six or seven months, Kalish estimated.
While playing for Triple-A Pawtucket, Kalish had a severe collision in the outfield last April, and he has been recovering ever since. Finally, Kalish feels as if he's close to being a baseball player again.
"It was great. It was fun. It was something new. It's been six, seven months since I've gotten to throw a baseball," said Kalish, who had to undergo surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder. "It was really fun to do. It was a little shaky -- it was the first day -- but it's just the start to getting it all back. It was 20 to 30 throws at 45 feet. [It was] very simple [and] nothing crazy. It was fun though. It will be cool when I play in a game."
When will that be?
"That's what's hard to tell," Kalish said. "I would love it to be soon, but I don't think it will be that soon. Hopefully it won't be too long."
Manager Bobby Valentine seemed enthused by Kalish's progress.
"He looks pretty healthy," Valentine said. "Of course you have to see, once guys start new activities, how they feel later. But he did a workout, and then he went down and bunted with [third-base coach Tim Bogar] for a while. He was bouncing around. He's a pretty good-looking athlete. That's about where we are right now. But he's not hurt. He seems to be recovered pretty nicely -- maybe not 100 percent, but pretty nicely."
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