The Boston Red Sox will be starting the season on a sour note with a couple of their players injured. Both Ryan Kalish, who underwent surgery at the end of Janaury, and Alex Hassan will be unavailable for the start of the season.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Hassan has suffered a stress fracture in his foot.
Outfielder Alex Hassan has a stress fracture in his left foot and won't be ready for the start of camp according to John Farrell
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) February 5, 2013
Hassan had previously been spotted wearing a walking boot, but at the time he said it was just precautionary. Now, with him missing the start of camp, it seems unlikely that he will make the 25-man roster. This could delay his assent to the Majors.
Hassan played 94 games at Triple-A Pawtucket last season. He is on the verge of making his Major League debut. Now, that will have to wait as the Red Sox will surely want to see how his foot responds once he can play again. Hassan is a .284/.391/.434 hitter in four minor league seasons.
As for Kalish, he will miss about half the season. He had successful surgery in late January and is expected to return in July. Kalish's injury hurts the Red Sox depth. The outfielder played in 36 games for the club last year and was expected to compete for more playing time this spring.