BOSTON On Sunday in Chicago Ryan Kalish made his first appearance in a big league game since the end of the 2010 season.
It had been a long road back for him.
It felt great, just a special day for me, he said before the start of Tuesdays game against the Marlins. I know its been a really long time since Ive been here with the guys. It was awesome to be here, even better to get a win, and hopefully well continue that roll.
Kalish was limited by injuries to just 24 minor league games last season. He had off-season surgeries on his neck and shoulder, slowing his availability this season.
He went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI Sunday. Tuesday, he is starting in center field batting eighth against the Marlins.
What has he learned about himself over the past two seasons?
That Im mentally tough, he said. Thats something that I think I brought here. Nothing really feels as bad or as good as it used to. If you hit a home run, you get really high. Obviously thats what you want to do. If you hit a home run, its awesome. But you cant ever let that make you think you have everything figured out because as soon asyou do that I think the game can change on you quick and then bad things feel realty bad.
"So just to stay really even. Im just happy to be out there and playing. Its a lot of fun for me and that makes things feel a lot more, I dont know the word for it, meaningful. Everything means a lot to me but to keep it very low, I think it helps you over the long hall be more successful.