Westmoreland continues to make progress

NEWTON, Mass. -- It’s been almost a full calendar year since Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland needed surgery to remove a mass of cells known as a cavernous malformation from his brain stem.

The Portsmouth, R.I., native is doing amazingly well as he continues his rehab at the team’s player development complex in Fort Myers, Fla. The 20-year-old outfielder has been hitting, throwing and working out.

“He’s doing well,” Mike Hazen, the Red Sox’s director of player development, said during a rookie development workout at Boston College's Alumni Stadium on Wednesday morning. “We’re not going to make any predictions, or put him on a timeframe when he’s actually going to come out and play in a game, we’re taking it day by day.”

Westmoreland continues to make steady progress.

“It’s still going to take a little while to get him back to where he was, but we’re still confident and optimistic,” Hazen said. “I’ve said before, if you’re betting on any one person to get back and make it to that place, it’s him.

“You would be amazed in the amount of drive in this kid given what he’s had and the setbacks and all the things he’s had to go through. It’s inspiring and you just hope he’ll be able to take the field again one day because you know how bad he wants it.”

Once spring training begins, Westmoreland will remain on a rehab progression.