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June 23, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Westmoreland gives positive update on recovery

This afternoon, the Red Sox held a conference call to update fans and the media on the recovery and rehabilitation of Ryan Westmoreland, who entered the season as the second-ranked player in the SoxProspects.com rankings before undergoing a life-threatening procedure to remove a cavernous malformation on his brain stem in March. Westmoreland said he "feels a lot better," adding that doctors and therapists alike have told him his progress has been remarkable.

"I can say from not one specific incident, but from a general perspective that everything’s really gotten better," said Westmoreland, who added that he often exceeds the goals his therapists set for him. "There are things more than other that come back more rapidly, but as a whole I’ve been able to look back at myself and say, 'Wow, I’m getting a lot better.'"

Though doctors haven't set a timetable for his return to baseball, Westmoreland refuses to let go of his waver from his commitment to continue his playing career

Of getting back on the field, Westmoreland said. "That's the ultimate goal. You know every day, that doesn't change and it never will. But doing things like going to see Portland play or Pawtucket play or the big league team play, it just gives you that extra motivation you need to want to get to that point."