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MLB Injury News:
The once promising career of Ryan Kalish, took another hit Tuesday at the outfield underwent cervical fusion surgery in Los Angeles, Ca. In what is set to be his fourth major surgery in the last 23 months, the outfielder will be operated on by Dr. Robert Watkins at Marina Bay Hospital.
Previously expected to miss the season due to a right shoulder operation in January, Tuesday's procedure is just the latest excision to correct a series of injuries derived from a misguided diving attempt on April 21st, 2011. The hard-nosed Kalish suffered extensive neck and shoulder issues immediately following the play, and went under the knife twice in 2011 alone to repair damage to his left shoulder labrum, and neck. Both surgeries preceded the recent operation to repair a posterior labrum tear in his right shoulder this past January.
Despite a career stagnated by his own body, Kalish has retained a positive attitude and is expected to be ready to participate in baseball activities by next spring.
"I am certainly bummed but I am keeping my perspective that life could
be worse," Kalish said. "I am blessed with great family and friends, and
I will be back."
Cervical fusion surgery is typically recommended after an injury to prevent a fracture from causing damage to the spinal cord. Kalish is expected to start a progressively aggressive exercise program, during the third month of his recovery post-surgery.
In 89 career games a Red Sox, Kalish has posted .243/.293/.351 batting line in parts of two seasons.
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