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Kalish undergoes cervical fusion surgery in LA

Kalish undergoes cervical fusion surgery in LA

Kalish undergoes cervical fusion surgery in LA

TORONTO -- Late in the 2010 season, corner outfielder Ryan Kalish seemed primed to become a staple for the Red Sox for many years to come.

But since a nasty collision at Pawtucket in April of '11, Kalish has spent far more time recovering from injuries than anything else.

On Tuesday, Kalish underwent yet another procedure -- cervical fusion surgery. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles.

Kalish hadn't played a game in the Majors or Minors this season as he'd been recovering from offseason right shoulder surgery.

"That's unfortunate," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Obviously it's one of some severity and hopefully through the rehab that he gets back to the player that he was when he first came up because he was an exciting young player. He was a guy that was good on both sides of the ball and handled himself as a real pro and we're hopeful he gets back to that level."

How did the neck surgery come about?

"I'm not fully aware of the entire history of it, but I know when he first had the neck examined there were [different] schools of thought on the best approach to take," Farrell said. "At the time it was a recommendation to have this procedure done, but it was probably the most invasive and drastic, and he has to go through it.

"You lose that length of time missed, and that's hard to get back, if you ever get back. I think the first and foremost thing is to get back to the point of getting healthy and not competing against your body. After that, whatever steps are needed to regain the timing remains to be seen. Hopefully the first objective can be met and that's to get back on the field."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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