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Ryan Kalish could make Cubs roster

Ryan Kalish could make the Cubs’ Opening Day roster.
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Ryan Kalish could make the Cubs’ Opening Day roster.

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Chicago Cubs have their own Grady Sizemore-type story going on in their camp.

Remember Ryan Kalish?

He’s taken the decision of whether he will make the Cubs roster right until the end.

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Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday he still did not know what the final answer would be, but he did text, “Either way he looks great. Brings a lot to the table and is on our long-term plans.”

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Kalish has missed two of the last three years due to shoulder/neck surgeries including a fusion procedure. He was on the road to being Boston’s center or right fielder, but the injuries derailed the progress of the former Red Sox prospect. The Red Sox once had visions of Kalish replacing Ellsbury if he fled to free-agency, or playing right field.

But his injuries, based on his aggressive play, cost him that chance.

Kalish is hitting .276 with two homers and six RBI and six stolen bases thus far this spring.

Epstein appears to be trying to clear a spot on the roster. One possibility is he deals outfielder Nate Schierholtz somewhere before Opening Day.