The road back to the baseball field is a long one for Red Sox prosepct Ryan Westmoreland, but the 20-year-old is encouraged by his progress thus far.
The Rhode Island native underwent surgery in March to remove a cavernous malformation from his brain. While the recovery has been long, Westmoreleand has been working at the Red Sox' facility in Fort Myers, Fla., for three weeks and has been taking live batting practice for several weeks, according to Brian MacPherson of The Providence Journal.
"I'm at a real good pace," Westmoreland told the Jounral. "I'm not trying to rush anything, but I feel real good about hitting."
The report says there is no official timetable on a potential return to game action for Westmoreland, but it's something he hopes could happen as soon as next season.
Westmoreland was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 draft, and he was ranked as the No. 21 prospect in baseball before the 2010 season. In 2009, he played in 60 games for the Single-A Lowell Spinners, batting .296 with seven homers and 35 RBIs.
He was a standout at Portsmouth High School, earning Rhode Island Schoolboy Athlete of the Year as a junior in 2007.