Former Portsmouth star Ryan Westmoreland had surgery Friday because of a complication of a cavernous malformation in his brain. The 22-year-old had surgery in 2010 for the malformation which is an unusual growth of blood vessels in the brain. Drafted by the Red Sox, Ryan recovered enough to face live batting practice and a scrimmage game in the Dominican Republic.
Here is the statement released by the Red Sox...
RYAN WESTMORELAND UNDERGOES SURGERY
BOSTON, MA—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.
The Red Sox organization asks that media please refrain from contacting the Westmoreland family regarding Ryan's condition.