ANAHEIM, Calif. — Red Sox prospect Ryan Kalish, who injured his left shoulder diving for a ball Thursday while playing for Pawtucket, has a partially torn labrum that could require season-ending surgery, according to a source close to the outfielder.
Kalish, who is a lefthanded thrower, has started a rehabilitation program and will be evaluated in 2-3 weeks. If the tear does not respond to treatment, surgery would be the next step.
The Sox described the injury as a “significant sprain’’ after Kalish was examined in Boston Friday.
Kalish, 23, hit .252 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 53 games last season. He is considered the team’s top outfield prospect. With right fielder J.D. Drew in the final year of his contract, Kalish is considered a strong candidate for the 2012 lineup.