Sox to shut down Kalish for rest of season

BOSTON -- It appears that the Boston Red Sox have decided to shut down outfielder Ryan Kalish for the remainder of the season due to a sore shoulder and neck.

As a result of his lack of availability, the Red Sox recalled outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin from Pawtucket on Sunday.

Kalish began the season on the disabled list after undergoing both neck and shoulder surgery last offseason. His rehab process was slow and arduous and he was finally activated and started playing for Triple-A Pawtucket in late May. He’s been recalled to Boston three times this season.

Kalish has not played since Sept. 16.

“Yeah, I would think, unless an emergency arises,” said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine about shutting down Kalish. “I can’t see him really playing. He hasn’t swung now in a long time. He might pinch-run. He’s not even throwing very much.”

In a total of 20 games, he’s posted a .229 average with zero home runs and five RBI.

Kalish originally suffered a partially torn labrum in his shoulder and a neck injury when he made a diving catch for the PawSox on April 21, 2011.

Now, with an extended rest, the Red Sox are hoping he’ll be ready to compete for a job at spring training.

“I think he’s going to be fine for spring training,” Valentine said. “I think he’s going to get on a program during the winter that’s going to put his body and his mind in the exact place it needs to be, to be the kind of player we need for next year.”