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Report: Positive signs on Westmoreland

03.18.10 at 11:37 pm ET

The Providence Journal reported that Red Sox minor leaguer Ryan Westmoreland, who underwent a five-hour surgical procedure to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain on Tuesday, “continues to progress well following brain surgery and so far all the signs are positive.”

The report said that the first few days following the procedure will help with a a determination of what impact the condition had on the 19-year-old’s brain stem, which helps to control motor functions and vision, but that it could take weeks or months to determine whether Westmoreland suffered damage that will impact his quality of life.

The report suggested that it is possible that Westmoreland could recover fully and resume his professional baseball career, but that any such determination “will come much later.”

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