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March 19, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Westmoreland moved out of ICU

The news regarding Ryan Westmoreland's recovery from surgery to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain stem continues to be positive, as the Red Sox announced on Friday night that the young outfielder has been moved from the Intensive Care Unit to the Neuro Rehabilitation Unit at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. In a press release posted on the club's web site, Dr. Robert Spetzler, Westmoreland's neurosurgeon and director of the Institute, said "Ryan is right on track and we expect progressive improvement."

According to the release, Westmoreland will now begin physical and occupational therapy.

"We are thrilled for Ryan and his family that the surgery went so well," said Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein. "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."