Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland on road back from brain surgery

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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.”

21-year-old Gleyber Torres homers twice off of 44-year-old Bartolo Colon

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Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.

In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:

Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.

So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?