Westmoreland going full bore in rehab
Red Sox prospect making strides following brain surgery
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Though Ryan Westmoreland was not with his fellow Red Sox prospects at the team's annual Rookie Development Program, the outfielder continues to work diligently toward his goal of coming all the way back from the brain surgery he underwent 10 months ago.
"He's down in Fort Myers working out," said Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen. "He's hitting. He's throwing. He's going through all the workouts, the lifting. I still think the original diagnosis ... it's still going to take some time to get back to where he was. We're not making any hard-line predictions on a timeframe on when he's going to actually come out and play a game.
"We're just going to, like we have, we're taking it day by day. We're seeing steady progress. He's seeing steady progress. It's still going to take him a little while to get back to where he was. But we're still confident and optimistic."
When Spring Training starts, Westmoreland, according to Hazen, will be treated like a rehabbing player.
"He'll go through all his workouts," Hazen said. "We'll push him when we can push him. We'll have to pull him back when we need to pull him back. There's no timeframe on when he may see game action or anything like that. But I know he's champing [at the bit], wanting to get out there and do some stuff. Like I said, I feel like we've pushed him repeatedly to where he's wanted to be pushed. Who knows at this point? But Spring Training is going to be very similar to what he is now, which is on a rehab progression. As he accomplishes those goals, those physical things, he'll get more to do."
Hazen said that Westmoreland has not faced live pitching yet.
Heading into last year's Spring Training, Westmoreland was viewed as arguably the most talented positional prospect in Boston's farm system. He underwent surgery to repair a cavernous malformation in his brain in March.
Westmoreland, a native of Rhode Island, visited Fenway Park several times last season with his family and friends. He also spent a lot of time with teammates at several of Boston's Minor League affiliates.