Outfielder Ryan Kalish, one of the Boston Red Sox' top outfield prospects, was removed from the Pawtucket Red Sox' game against Syracuse on Tuesday at McCoy Stadium after suffering a shoulder injury while diving for a ball in right field in the second inning.
He had X-rays taken at Pawtucket Memorial Hospita. Pawtucket's vice-president of public relations, Bill Wanless, said that Kalish's arm was put in a sling.
For now, the teamis describing his injury as a "jammed shoulder." Kalish has not yet been placed on the disabled list. He will meet with Dr. Thomas Gill to be evaluated on Friday.
"We'll see," PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler told the Providence Journal in reference to Kalish's status after the game. "It didn't look real serious, but you never know. It was sore. It was hurting."
In Anaheim, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the team was reasonably confident that Kalish did not suffer a separation or dislocation of the shoulder.
"He probably just jammed it,'' said Francona.
Because of injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron, Kalish spent the second half of 2010 with the Red Sox. In 53 games, he batted .252 with 4 home runs, 24 RBI, a .305 on-base percentage and a .405 slugging percentage.
Ellsbury's return to health and the signing of Carl Crawford prompted the Sox to return Kalish to Pawtucket this season. However, they're hoping he'll replace J.D. Drew, who's in the final season of his contract, in right field next year, at least as part of a platoon.