Boston Red Sox: Ryan Kalish's Shoulder Injury Leaves Door Open in Outfield

Brian RoachCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2013

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 9: Ryan Kalish #55 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after he was tagged out when he was caught leading too far from first base against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on September 9, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Ryan Kalish is likely to miss the start of spring training, according to ESPN, and the Boston Red Sox are still to decide what option they will use as their fourth outfielder.

The choices range from Daniel Nava to maybe even someone like Alex Hassan. All these options have the potential to earn the position, but there is really only two options in my book.


Daniel Nava

Nava has been a mainstay in the Red Sox's organization since his grand slam in his first ever plate appearance in a Boston uniform against the Philadelphia Phillies in June 2010. It was the greatest moment of his major-league career and he didn't even hit another home run until 2012.

The Red Sox did not seem to need him in 2011 with the likes of Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew roaming the outfield. He wasn't even called up in September during the most historic collapse in MLB history.

Even through dealing with some injuries in 2012, the switch-hitting outfielder made some strides and will fight for his right to make it on the 25-man roster come April. He finished the last season with six home runs and 33 RBI in limited playing time. He made some momentous defensive plays throughout the season and showed his great arm strength numerous times in left field.


Ryan Sweeney

Sweeney was included in the deal that acquired Andrew Bailey, but only managed to stay healthy for 63 games in a Red Sox uniform after hurting himself by punching a door and going after a flyball.

The left-handed outfielder has an opportunity to move up from a minor-league deal that he signed recently with the Red Sox, according to ESPN, to once again be on the major-league roster.

The 2012 season was very successful in right field with some great reads on balls in the gap and even some sliding catches that made it on SportsCenter throughout his first year with the Sox. His left-handed approach of the Boston bench will be a nice presence if the Red Sox decide to go that way.