MLB.com’s Evan Drellich reports that Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish underwent surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles to repair a labrum tear in his right (non-throwing) shoulder. The procedure — performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum — was deemed a success.
“I really am feeling the love on my surgery today. I really appreciate all of you,” Kalish wrote on his personal Twitter page a few hours after going under the knife. He’s not expected to be ready for the start of spring training but should make a full recovery by the end of April.
Kalish batted just .229/.272/.260 with zero home runs and five RBI in 103 plate appearances last season for the Red Sox. But the 24-year-old is a former top prospect, has done some nice things in the minor leagues, and could see action as a reserve outfielder this summer in Boston if all goes well in his rehab.
The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.
Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.
On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.
Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.
Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: