Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein announced Saturday that outfield prospect Ryan Westmoreland has a “cavernous malformation” in his brain and will require surgery to fix it.
From the description of a brain malformation on the Providence Journal’s website, it sounds like he should be able to make a full recovery. Still, any time you combine the words “brain” and “surgery” there is obvious reason for concern. Westmoreland, 19, is an immensely talented prospect, and hit .296/401/.484 with seven homers, 35 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 223 at-bats last season for Single-A Lowell.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.
Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.
The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.