Ryan Westmoreland, OF
Brain surgery, March 16, 2010
Posted 17 August 2008 - 11:49 AM
BOSTON — Ryan Westmoreland officially became a member of the Boston Red Sox yesterday when he signed a five-year contract worth $2 million. The 18-year-old Portsmouth native will report to Fort Myers, Fla., tomorrow to begin his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
He’ll report to Fort Myers as an outfielder and play 10 games for the GCL Red Sox before reporting to Lowell where he’ll finish out the season with the Spinners.
Posted 29 January 2009 - 04:45 PM
Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen keeps tabs on all the minor-leaguers in Florida by having daily communication with the staff.
"He’s doing well and he’s getting back all of his range-of-motion at this point," said Hazen. "He's very much on target and we know he’s getting great care. Everything seems to be progressing very well."
If things continue to progress, Westmoreland should be able to start swinging a bat in March and could begin to throw soon after. That means he could return to game action in late April or early May. At that point the development staff will determine whether Westmoreland will join a full- or short-season club. There’s a very good possibility he will play for the Lowell Spinners this summer.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 01:55 PM
Westmoreland needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. His rehab continues at the Player Development Complex here but he’s close to returning to baseball activities.
He’s been told it’s likely he’ll be able to start throwing and hitting in a week, or soon after.
“Right now, he’s just working on his range of motion,” said Epstein. “We’ll start a throwing progression in a few weeks. Once he comes back, we expect him to have a good year. He’s really a talented kid. He can hit. He can run. He can play defense and we think his arm will bounce back, too. He’s a well-rounded player and a really good kid. He’s a hard worker. He obviously has a long way to go, but there’s a lot to like.”
Because of his rehab, Westmoreland hasn’t been able to swing a bat in his first professional spring training. It’s frustrating, but he understands why.
“I know this is a process and I have to take it slow,” he said. “If I try to rush it, something could go wrong and that’s what I don’t want at all costs. I’m trying to take it slow, but I’m chomping at the bit to get out there.”
He’s settling into a routine and learning how monotonous rehab and camp can become at times. Westmoreland has been able to make the transition to the professional level a rather smooth one, despite the injury. So far everything has been positive.
Posted 13 March 2010 - 08:02 PM
Posted 13 March 2010 - 08:09 PM
He had his wisdom teeth taken out in early March. Left camp and never came back.
If the surgery gets all the bad stuff out, he could be back playing next year. This isn't cancerous. It's just a malformation of blood cells.
here's a link to the projo coverage:
Posted 15 March 2010 - 10:23 AM
Yes. The Projo quoted a local neurosurgeon today about how the kid could come out of this pretty well. That's how you handle it with the local kids. Then, later in the story, they talked about how complex the surgery is when the malformation in located on the stem. Buried the lead.
Everyone is praying for the local kid around Rhode Island and elsewhere, too.
Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:34 PM
Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:33 PM
Posted 10 March 2011 - 02:10 PM
It was March 15, 2010.
It was a somber night because no one at the table knew what to expect.
I can't help but think, "That's what you get for eating at a crappy chain restaurant."
Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:25 PM
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, the surgery was a success and Ryan is doing well in recovery. Dr. Robert Spetzler performed the procedure.