Ryan Kalish, who was placed on the minor league DL on August 23 with a neck injury, will undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.
The surgery will repair a bulging disk that is impinging a nerve and causing soreness in his neck.
Kalish, 23, played just 16 games in Pawtucket before spending the majority of the season on the DL with a torn labrum in his shoulder. After a two-game rehab stint in Lowell, he returned to Pawtucket, batting .161 in eight games before landing back on the DL.
Last season, Kalish appeared in 53 games with the Red Sox and batted .252.305.405 with four home runs and ten stolen bases.
The expected time for recovery and rehabilitation from Kalish's surgery is three months.
Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.