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Improvement for Westmoreland

The Red Sox late tonight released this information on the condition of Ryan Westmoreland, the 19-year outfield prospect who underwent brain surgery on Tuesday to repair weakened blood vessels:

According to Dr. Robert Spetzler, Westmoreland’s neurosurgeon and the director of Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Ryan has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit and into the hospital’s Neuro Rehabilitation Unit, where he will undergo physical and occupational therapy.

“Ryan is right on track and we expect progressive improvement,” Dr. Spetzler said

“We are thrilled for Ryan and his family that the surgery went so well,” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. “While we recognize that the recovery process is long and complicated, we are excited that all of the early indications are so positive. On behalf of the Westmoreland family, we thank everybody who has expressed concern and support for Ryan.”

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