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Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland on road back from brain surgery

Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

Speaking publically for the first time since surgery in March to repair a cavernous malformation in his brain, Ryan Westmoreland on Wednesday said he was making steady progress and that he hoped to return to playing baseball in the Red Sox system.
Westmoreland, a 20-year-old outfielder rated as Boston’s top prospect by Baseball America over the winter, has been doing some light throwing and running, though he’s not believed to be close to returning to game action.
“That’s always the mindset. I’m going to get on the field and play again,” he said. “That’s the ultimate goal. That doesn’t change and it never will. Going to watch Pawtucket play, or Portland play, or the big-league team play, it just gives you the motivation to get to that point. I haven’t heard too much comparisons, but I keep hearing from pretty much every doctor that the pace is what they termed remarkable. From a general perspective, I’m definitely getting better. I don’t stop setting goals for myself. I want to break through those goals earlier than when I set them.”

  1. jwentworth - Jun 23, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Outstanding. As a Sox fan I’m really pulling for this kid. Baseball is secondary though. He just needs to get healthy.

  2. ThinMan - Jun 23, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    There was another excellent story on Westmoreland’s recovery on, that was longer and more in depth than the Herald piece. Westmoreland is a native of Portsmouth, RI.

  3. Knight-of-God - Jun 23, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Man, God bless this kid. I hope he comes back strong.

  4. JBerardi - Jun 23, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    You know, now that he appears to be out of woods as far as his general health is concerned, it’s important to remember that Westmoreland is the best prospect that the Red Sox have seen since Hanley Ramirez. He’s got a chance to be a better version of the good version of Grady Sizemore. His comeback isn’t just another nice story; it’s critically important to an organization that rarely has the opportunity to draft players with his level of talent and potential.

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