Red Sox minor league prospect Ryan Westmoreland underwent five hours of brain surgery yesterday to remove a "cavernous malformation" from his brain stem. Doctors deemed the operation a success but Westmoreland has a long recovery period ahead.
Just surviving and leading a healthy and normal life is the main thing. Returning to baseball would just be icing on the cake.
Westmoreland is just 19 years old and discovered this condition after experiencing headaches. Former Astros Manager Larry Dierker had the same thing in 1999. After a seizure, he underwent an operation and four weeks later was managing again.
The Red Sox sought out one of the leading doctors in the field, Dr. Robert Spetzler, to perform the operation.
Right now, Jonathan Papelbon is the all-time saves leader for the Red Sox. If everything turns out for the best with Westmoreland, Dr. Spetzler will own the greatest save in Red Sox annuls.
I know you join me in hoping and praying for Westmoreland's recovery. And if he once again patrols the outfield in the Red Sox system on his way to the big leagues all the much better.