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Ryan Westmoreland undergoes another brain surgery

Jul 13, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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Two years removed from emergency surgery to repair a cavernous malformation in his brain, Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland was aiming to get into a minor league game before the end of the season. However, any such plans have been put on hold, as the Red Sox announced this evening that the 21-year-old required a second surgery due to a complication.

Boston Red Sox minor league outfielder Ryan Westmoreland today underwent surgery for a complication of a cavernous malformation in his brain.  According to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, the surgery was a success and Ryan is doing well in recovery.  Dr. Robert Spetzler performed the procedure.  The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.

Westmoreland was recently interviewed by NESN and acknowledged that he was still working through some complications, including a sensation in his right hand and issues with balance. Discussing the outlook for his baseball career is pretty trivial at a time like this, so the important part is that the surgery was a success and that he’s doing well.

  1. ras1tafari - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to Ryan and his family.

    • hammyofdoom - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      Ya know, fuck who ever gave this a thumbs down.

  2. deepstblu - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Imagine being 21 and having to deal with this. Sometimes an unreasonable level of courage is your only option in this world.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Hope he has a full recovery and is able to lead a healthy and happy life.

  4. badintent - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Yankee Nation’s prayers are with him and his family for a quick and 100 % successful recovery.WE hope that he can have a long and happy life doing what ever he wants to.God speed.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:46 AM

      A sincere thanks for the civil responses, Yankees fans. NY and Boston fans may fight and bicker endlessly about baseball, but we’re all humans first.

      • pisano - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        aces…. I agree with you 100%, God bless him and keep him well, we all hope for a speedy and full recovery for him.

  5. aceshigh11 - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    My thoughts go out to him and his family.

    It seems like people associated with the Red Sox tend to have bad things happen to them. I don’t believe in curses or nonsense like that, but it’s quite odd how Boston seems to be continually dealing with various tragedies of one kind or another.

    • sdsockers - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:34 AM

      I didn’t even realize he was a Red Sox player. All I saw was a 21-yr old kid that needs a second brain surgery. Unfortunately, I CAN relate to what his parents must be feeling, and I wish Ryan and his family all the luck in the world.

  6. theskinsman - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    Poor kid…may he live a long healthy life.Hope this is the last trouble he faces for many years.

  7. trapper17 - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    All baseball stuff aside he is a very young man with a serious condition we just hope that he can live and function to have a very happy and normal life. . Our prayers go out to Ryan and his family get well soon Ryan

  8. drewsylvania - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    It has to be hard to be a young up-and-comer only to have your health derail the whole thing, potentially forever.

  9. ermur22 - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Cavernous malformation?…..What the hell is that??

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