Ryan Kalish to have neck surgery

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have confirmed that prospect Ryan Kalish will have season-ending surgery for a bulging disk in his neck.

Kalish missed the majority of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket after he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder while making a spectacular catch in center field for the PawSox on April 21. He was reinstated on Aug. 8 and played only a few games until he landed back on the DL with right trapezius inflammation.

"He'll be fine. What everybody cares about is the kid lost a year, and a really big year of development," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "He'll come back and be fine. It cost him a year and now it's going to cut into his winter. He's a tough enough kid and he'll do whatever it takes. He has a ton of confidence to do whatever it takes to come back."

Francona spoke with Kalish on Tuesday.

"I actually think he's OK," Francona said. "Now that it's said and done and (he) knows what's going to happen, he's ready to attack it, like he does everything. He sounded pretty good."

Kalish, 23, made his big league debut with the Red Sox in 2010 and made significant contributions. He hit .252 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 53 games for Boston.

WEEI.com first reported the story.

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.