A step forward for Ryan Westmoreland

Ryan Westmoreland, the Red Sox prospect who underwent brain surgery in March 2010, will take a major step forward in his return to baseball today.

According to Sox officials, Westmoreland will step in the batters box in Fort Myers and face live pitching for the first time since his surgery. For now, he will only track those pitches and not swing at them.

Until now, Westmoreland has been facing pitches from a machine.

“God doesn’t deal cards to people who can’t handle them. BIG day,” Westmoreland wrote on Twitter earlier today.

For more on Ryan and his story, check out this story from Charlie Pierce from the Globe magazine.

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