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.
The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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