Ryan Westmoreland, who underwent brain surgery Tuesday to correct a “cavernous malformation” in his brain, has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. He’s now in a rehab facility and is nearly ready to begin his long road to recovery. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein shared some words with the Associated Press about the matter on Friday evening:
“We are thrilled for Ryan and his family that the surgery went so well,”
said 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.”
It’s not known when the 19-year-old prospect will be ready to compete again, but it’s excellent to hear that everything went smoothly with the brain procedure.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Gomez will earn $11.5 million next season.
Gomez, 31, struggled with the Astros to a .594 OPS before the club released him in mid-August. The Rangers signed him shortly thereafter and were immediately rewarded. Gomez hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 130 plate appearances through the end of the regular season.
As presently constructed, Gomez would likely take over in center field with Nomar Mazara handling left and Shin-Soo Choo in right.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks are close to signing free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.
Rodney, 39, has been inconsistent over the past two seasons. This past season, he was lights-out with the Padres, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28 appearances. After the Marlins acquired him at the end of June, he struggled to a 5.89 ERA in 39 appearances.
Brad Ziegler, who closed for the Diamondbacks in the first half last season, went to the Red Sox in a midseason trade and is now a free agent. The Diamondbacks had six other relievers register a save, but only Daniel Hudson and Jake Barrett recorded more than one. Adding Rodney will give the club some stability in the ninth inning.