Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland on road back from brain surgery


Speaking publically for the first time since surgery in March to repair a cavernous malformation in his brain, Ryan Westmoreland on Wednesday said he was making steady progress and that he hoped to return to playing baseball in the Red Sox system.
Westmoreland, a 20-year-old outfielder rated as Boston’s top prospect by Baseball America over the winter, has been doing some light throwing and running, though he’s not believed to be close to returning to game action.
“That’s always the mindset. I’m going to get on the field and play again,” he said. “That’s the ultimate goal. That doesn’t change and it never will. Going to watch Pawtucket play, or Portland play, or the big-league team play, it just gives you the motivation to get to that point. I haven’t heard too much comparisons, but I keep hearing from pretty much every doctor that the pace is what they termed remarkable. From a general perspective, I’m definitely getting better. I don’t stop setting goals for myself. I want to break through those goals earlier than when I set them.”

Justin Turner suffers broken wrist after being hit by a pitch

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.

Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.

Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.