Kalish eyes good health in New Year


Kalish eyes good health in New Year

BOSTON Ryan Kalish is still working on his New Years resolutions. But one he might want to consider for 2012 is to stay healthy.

That would be a good one. I might have to add that one in, Kalish said.

With or without resolutions, Kalish is happy to be putting 2011 in his rearview mirror.

Absolutely, he said. I will be ringing in the new year Saturday night a happy man. Obviously, I got a lot of work to do in 2012, but yeah.

Most of Kalishs work early in the new year will involve rehabbing.

Kalish, who turns 24 in March, was a ninth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2006 out of Red Bank Catholic High in New Jersey. He made his big-league debut in 2010, going 2-for-4 with a hit in his first at-bat in his first game on July 31. He appeared in 53 games for the Sox that season, playing all three outfield positions, batting .252 with 4 home runs, 24 RBI, a .305 OBP, and .405 slugging percentage.

But 2011 was virtually a lost year for him. Injuries to his left shoulder and neck limited him to just 22 games for Triple-A Pawtucket with two rehab games for Low-A Lowell. He had surgery on his neck in September and on the labrum in his left shoulder in November.

Yeah, Ive definitely had a lot more fun in my life, he said. I say that, but at the same time, sometimes missing the game kind of helps you propel. Im just excited to get back and I just feel like Im going to be more ready to play now more than ever. But if I had to go back, I obviously would have changed getting hurt, for sure.

The injury happened in April and then I think I tried to play again in August. So youre talking 3 12 months. And then just feeling that pain throughout the game, and just trying to play through it, its not the most comforting thing, especially when you start not hitting well and things arent going your way. You feel like youre fighting an impossible battle against your body and your health.

He wasnt surprised by the second surgery. Its an issue thats been troubling him since high school. But he had hoped to put it off.

This offseason while I was rehabbing my neck, my shoulder just never really quite felt good, Kalish said. And I was like, you know what, its probably just time to fix that. So I dont know if I was surprised because I felt like it was going to happen eventually.

Kalish has discarded the sling that was supporting his left arm, but he is still a ways away from baseball activities.

I dont know they exact timeline. I just know were talking months not weeks, he said. Its definitely not the best timing ever, with the season coming and trying to help the team win and develop myself. But I just felt like going forward it would be best to get healthy now than to extend me trying to play. And if it didnt work, come next season then were looking at all of next season Id be gone. So we just all decided as a group effort it would be best to do this.

Kalish sees the trade Wednesday that brought outfielder Ryan Sweeney to Boston, along with closer Andrew Bailey, in exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick and minor leaguers Miles Head and Raul Alcantara as having little effect on his status for now.

I know where I stand, he said. If Im not healthy, theres nothing I can do, anyway. Obviously, thats the main concern. When I get back I just need to play. From there all the decisions arent up to me. Im not guaranteed anything. I just have to earn my spot like everybody else. And thats where Im at, and Ill be ready to do that eventually.

We have Jacoby Ellsbury in center and Carl Crawford in left. We just got Sweeney. So Im going to assume that, Im not going to be ready to play in spring training anyway. So from my standpoint Im just going to have to sit back and watch. But how I look at it right now, I think theres Darnell McDonald. Hes a very good player. Im just going to be getting healthy and hanging out with all the guys. Itll be cool to see how everything works out. From my standpoint, as soon as Im healthy and ready to play Im just going to go do that, wherever that is. Im assuming Pawtucket, and Ill just continue to try and grow as a player and if the time comes where they think I can help them in the big league, thats what Im going to do.

For Kalish it was tough bittersweet -- to see Reddick traded away. Reddick was also drafted in 2006 and the two had come up through the Sox system together. But Kalish is happy for his friend to get a shot at a full-time job in the big leagues. Kalish has been following the Sox moves this offseason, and is happy with the teams direction.

I think theyre doing very good things for us, he said. Obviously, Im not a GM. I dont know how things pan out, but I like all their moves. Theyre our management. We trust them and theyre doing the right things for us.

Kalish has been home in New Jersey for the holidays, but is headed back to Fort Myers, Fla., to resume his rehab on Monday. Hes not sure what he will be able to do by spring training. For now, hes not setting any milestones or goals for himself. Just doing what the doctors and trainers tell him. Hes hoping hell be at some stage of hitting by spring training, with throwing coming after that. Hes not sure if playing in games in a possibility, but hopes he might get to DH. But, hell abide by the directions of the medical staff.

Despite the setbacks of 2011, Kalish has maintained a good outlook.

Yeah, it hasnt been the easiest year, he said. Im sure if we talked a few months ago, I might not have said the same stuff. But when things get real bad you have to think positive because thats all you can do. Im still 23. Im young. I have time to get healthy and do what I need to do to get back. Thats all the things that I come up with in my head. But it gets frustrating at points where you see all these things happening and you know you cant do anything about it. It can be frustrating. But at the same time, as young as I am I know this game, and Ive heard from many people, how fast it will go by. So, theres no time to waste with a crappy attitude.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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NBA Notes: League seems to be on upward surge in interest and ratings


NBA Notes: League seems to be on upward surge in interest and ratings

For so many years the NFL has had an almost impenetrable veneer in the way it has successfully pivoted away from a myriad of scandals that would have at the very least delivered a significant, noticeable blow to most professional leagues.

But that Teflon-tough image has taken a whacking of late with the league dealing with what has been for the most part an across-the-board ratings dip in its programming.

The NFL’s slide comes at a time when the NBA seems to be on a upward surge in terms of interest and ratings.

Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City and play for Golden State is a needle-mover across the NBA landscape. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to defend their NBA title – a phrase no one thought they would ever hear even when James signed on for a second tour of duty – will certainly generate tons of interest.

The Boston Celtics added Al Horford to a team that many believe will be among Cleveland’s stiffest challengers, in addition to being a team that has played Golden State as well as anyone the last couple of years.

There are many hands responsible for the NBA having such a strong position on the professional sports landscape, chief among them being former commissioner David Stern.

He was in town last week as part of the Shamrock Foundation’s annual Gala.

Stern gave a rundown of what he’s been up to since passing the commissioner’s torch to Adam Silver.

He said he has been a senior advisor to a venture capital firm, counsels several start-up companies and of course a senior advisor to the NBA.

But it’s what he’s not doing – negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the player’s union – that seemed to bring him the most joy.

“That’s when I got the least amount of sleep,” quipped Stern.

But those sleep-deprived marathon sessions with owners and union leaders, have helped bring the league to where it is today – thriving with its players and the profits both seem to be reaping.

That’s why the reports of the NBA and the player’s union being close to coming to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, make a lot of sense. The NBA or the player’s union can opt-out of the current CBA prior to Dec. 15, although that’s looking less likely to happen because of what should be a new deal that better reflects the economic changes that currently exist in the NBA.

This past summer saw the salary cap in the NBA balloon to $94.14 million after having been $70 million for the 2015-2016 season.

With both NBA players and owners profiting significantly from the new TV deal, most of the changes to come about (paying players on the rookie scale more money; increasing the dollar amounts for veteran’s minimum and team exception contracts) are just common sense rule changes that have both sides closer to getting something done sooner rather than later.

And while he’s not directly involved in any of the current dealings, what he accomplished prior to retiring as commissioner certainly laid the groundwork for what appears to be a relatively smooth negotiation period.

“I didn’t project anything other than I was leaving it in the most spectacular of hands with an All-Star executive cast and they would just do what’s right for the league and they have,” Stern said.

And as far as the current talks that have reportedly been ongoing for months, Stern understands all too well that the last CBA talks which led to a shortened, 66-game season led to changes that has both players and owners feeling better about current negotiations.

“I’m proud to say the league has gotten to a very good place in terms of the player’s share, the owner’s share and where they can all see this is something that pays to keep going,” Stern said. “It’s fun to watch from a distance and not be involved.”



So much for that logjam in the frontcourt for the Philadelphia 76ers. The latest big man to go down with an injury is Nerlens Noel who recently had “minor” surgery on his left knee that will sideline him for reportedly three-to-five weeks. Keep in mind that the Everett, Mass. native missed his entire rookie season following left knee surgery, although the Sixers indicate this was an arthroscopic procedure and is considered minor. He joins No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons who suffered a foot injury that’s expected to keep him out until at least January. That means a lot of the trade rumors involving Noel (and Jahlil Okafor to a certain extent too) should cool off for a little bit.



Signing with Toronto during the offseason was supposed to be Jared Sullinger's chance at a fresh start. Unfortunately for him, things are looking a lot like they did in his early days in Boston. Concerns about his back dropped his draft-day stock from a likely lottery (top-14) pick, to falling in the Celtics' lap at No. 21. During his rookie season, he played well but had to have season-ending back surgery. With the Raptors, it appears he will miss some time early on due to a foot injury that occurred in the team's first preseason game which has kept him out of action ever since.  

“May be a little while before he comes back,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey told reporters recently. “He may get checked out just to see what else is going on.”

Sullinger’s weight was an issue during his time with the Celtics. It’s unclear what impact if any, it had on his current injury or whether it’s a factor in the injury keeping him out indefinitely. 



We have seen Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) in lots of different basketball roles from hitting big shots to just hitting people.

But as a coach? That is reportedly being discussed by the Los Angeles Lakers brass as they try to trim their training camp roster down to 15 players.

MWP is likely on the outside of the 15-man roster now, but the Lakers still want him to be part of the organization. While it may seem a bit of a stretch at first, he does bring a wealth of basketball experience to the table, a player how has seen the highs and lows of the game in a way few players can fully understand or speak about with a great amount of credibility.



The LaMarcus Aldridge trade talk will be one of the storylines this NBA season. The Boston Celtics will continue to be discussed as a possibility, but the team to watch is the Phoenix Suns. They came close to convincing him when he left Portland for San Antonio. Phoenix provides him a team that can be built around him (which he wants), lots of shots (which he wants) and a team with no pressure on his back to lead them to major success (yup, he wants that too). … Michael Carter Williams’ stock seems to continue to tumble after winning the league’s rookie of the Year award. He’s going into his fourth season and he’s already on to his third team. … Multiple league executives believe Devin Booker is the best 20-and-under player in the NBA right now. He's good, but I'd probably take Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns.