The perpetually injured Ryan Kalish apparently needs more shoulder surgery, and, if reports are correct, will miss a significant portion of the beginning of the season.
Comcast SportsNet's Jessica Moran -- confirming reports by Matthew Stucko of @mlb_prospects and weei.com's Rob Bradford -- said Kalish is "likely to have shoulder surgery next week" and "will not be ready for spring training" if he does.
Kalish, regarded as one of the Red Sox' top positional prospects in 2010, first hurt his shoulder in 2011 and had most of his season wiped out by the injury. He was further hampered by a neck injury in 2012.
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.