Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland underwent brain surgery on Tuesday morning at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. A team source told ESPN.com that initial indications were that the surgery "went well," though a full prognosis is not expected for a few days.
The 19-year-old Westmoreland left minor league camp on March 4. He was diagnosed on March 5 with a cavernous malformation in his brain (click here for a full explanation of the condition).
Members of the Red Sox organization spent Tuesday anxiously awaiting the results of the surgery. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, who considers Westmoreland a close friend, noted that even the months of chemotherapy that he underwent after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease paled in comparison to the uncertainty that Westmoreland faced entering his surgery.
According to a report on ESPN.com, Patriots defensive end Ty Warren skipped a voluntary offseason workout program -- and a $250,000 bonus -- to continue his studies at Texas A&M in hopes of earning his degree.
"I try to put the kids in the best educational system possible and I think there is something to be said for their father, who has been blessed to play in the NFL and do something he's loved to do, going back and finishing what he started," Warren told ESPN. "In the big picture, I think it's important for me to do what I'm doing. I can sacrifice that bonus for that."
Warren, an agriculture leadership and development major, is on pace to walk in graduation in the spring of 2011, according to ESPN.
According to Turner Sports, former Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz has joined TBS as an analyst for the network's MLB coverage. The 1996 Cy Young Award winner also will work in the booth for Peachtree TV, which is scheduled to cover 45 Braves games in 2010. Smoltz, who posted an ERA of 8.32 for the Red Sox in eight appearances before being released in August 2009 and finishing out the season with the Cardinals, has yet to announce his retirement.
According to an MLB source, left-handed pitcher Armando Zerpa has been returned to the Red Sox by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Zerpa was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 13th pick in the 2009 Rule 5 Draft from the Red Sox system and was traded to the Dodgers for cash. Zerpa recorded a 1.20 ERA and struck out 51 batters in 45 innings for the Red Sox' Single-A affiliate in Greenville before seeing his ERA climb to 4.85 at High-A Salem (while maintaining his strikeout-an-inning pace) last season.
The Patriots All-Decade Team, which was unveiled on Tuesday, features plenty of old favorites and some surprising choices. The team, which was put together by the 22-person Patriots Hall of Fame Nomination Committee (made up of reporters, alumni and staff) has 11 offensive, 11 defensive, four special teams players and one head coach. Four of the 27 members were also members of the 1990s All-Decade Team — Willie McGinest was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team as a defensive end and to the 2000s All-Decade Team as an outside linebacker. He joins cornerback Ty Law, safety Lawyer Milloy and kicker Adam Vinatieri as the four players with the distinction of being on both teams. For the rest of the team, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
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Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
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Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
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