Red Sox prospect Ryan Kalish has torn shoulder muscle

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Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe brings us some unfortunate news about promising Red Sox outfield prospect Ryan Kalish.

The 23-year-old injured his shoulder while diving for a ball on Thursday night at Triple-A Pawtucket and has now been diagnosed with a partially torn labrum.

Kalish will try to rehab the injury first, but season-ending surgery is a strong possibility if things don’t go well out of the gate. Either way, he’s going to be out for several months.

A ninth-round pick in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft, Kalish has carved a slow but steady path through the Red Sox farm system. He posted a healthy .884 OPS, 13 home runs and 25 stolen bases across 343 plate appearances last season between Double-A and Triple-A.

This season he opened as Pawtucket’s starting center fielder.

With J.D. Drew headed for free agency in the winter, Kalish may be in line to take over in right field for the big league club in 2012. His shoulder should be back to 100 percent by then.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.