FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Top Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland has been diagnosed with a cavernous malformation in his brain (click here for an explanation of the condition)  and has taken medical leave from minor league camp to seek treatment. The 19-year-old Westmoreland left minor league camp on March 4. He was diagnosed on March 5, had consultations with three leading experts in the field, and Tuesday will have surgery with Dr. Robert Spetzler of the Barrow Neuological Institute in Phoenix.
"The entire Red Sox organization stands in support of Ryan as he courageously deals with this issue," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said in a statement. "Ryan is a remarkable kid and a talented player, and we understand that many will be concerned about his health. He is getting the best medical attention the world has to offer, and we will have more information soon. Until then -- out of respect for Ryan's privacy and at the request of the Westmoreland family -- we will not have any further comment."
Westmoreland, a Portsmouth, Rhode Island native, was named the Red Sox' organization's top prospect by Baseball America this offseason was taken by the Sox in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. The 6-foot-2 outfielder played in Single A Lowell last season, hitting .296 with seven homers.