Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sox's top prospect Westmoreland to undergo Brain Surgery.

According to an article from NESN.COM:

After a cavernous malformation was discovered in his brain this week, top Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland will undergo brain surgery on Tuesday.According to, the 19-year-old Rhode Island native began experiencing headaches and numbness during spring training and left the team in early March to be examined at Mass General Hospital, where he was diagnosed. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Spetzler in Phoenix, Ariz.

Westmoreland's condition reportedly carries significant risk of neurological damage and could possibly be life-threatening.Sources told that the malformation is on Westmoreland's brain stem, and that Westmoreland has experienced some bleeding in the brain. Any further damage could cause neurological damage.Steelers neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon shed some light on the surgery Westmoreland will undergo."It is potentially life-threatening, as is any brain surgery," Maroon told, "but the mortality is low."

The Red Sox drafted Westmoreland in the fifth round of the 2008 draft.
Westmoreland was thought to be bound to start the season with the Sea Dogs before the malformation was discovered.



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