The Providence Journal reported that Red Sox minor leaguer Ryan Westmoreland, who underwent a five-hour surgical procedure to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain on Tuesday, "continues to progress well following brain surgery, and so far all the signs are positive."
The report indicated that the first few days following the procedure will help with a a determination of what impact the condition had on the 19-year-old's brain stem, which helps to control motor functions and vision, but that it could take weeks or months to determine whether Westmoreland suffered damage that will impact his quality of life.
The report said that it is possible that Westmoreland could recover fully and resume his professional baseball career, but that any such determination "will come much later."
The Bruins returned home from their seven-game road trip on Thursday and lost to the Penguins, 3-0, at TD Garden. Tuukka Rask took the loss for Boston while Marc-Andre Fleury won his 33rd game for Pittsburgh. The Penguins' goals came courtesy of Tyler Kennedy, Alexei Ponikarvosky and Michael Rupp.
All eyes were on the Bruins to see if they would seek revenge on Penguins forward Matt Cooke for his hit that took center Marc Savard out for the season with a Grade 2 concussion. Shawn Thornton answered the bell for the Bruins, throwing down the gloves against Cooke at 1:58 in the first period, two seconds after Cooke had jumped on the ice for his first shift.
For more on how the game played out, visit the Big Bad Blog.
Reports out of Tennessee indicate that the Patriots are closing in on a deal for free agent tight end Alge Crumpler. (UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: A league source says that the two sides have reached an agreement on a contract.) Crumpler, who paid a visit to Foxboro earlier this month, is considered one of the best available tight ends remaining on the market, and after Benjamin Watson left via free agency and veteran Chris Baker was released, it's clear New England is in the market for tight end depth. Known primarily a a blocker, the 32-year-old Crumpler had 27 catches for 222 yards and a touchdown last season for Tennessee. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
The Bruins recalled forward Trent Whitfield and and defenseman Jeff Penner from Providence on an emergency basis for Thursday's game against the Penguins. The move is to create depth in case Blake Wheeler, Dennis Wideman or Johnny Boychuk are unable to play. All three players missed the morning skate with a flu bug that has been going around the team and will be game-time decisions. Each player participated in the pregame warmup skate.
Whitfield last played with Boston on Jan. 24 against the Hurricanes and has one assist through 14 games this season with the Bruins. Penner made his NHL debut with the Boston on March 9. He has skated in 59 games for Providence this season with six goals and 24 assists.
For more Bruins news, visit the Big Bad Blog.
The Bruins are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Stanley Cup champions on Thursday evening at TD Garden with members of the team coming back to Boston to take part in the festivities. Bobby Orr, Johnny Bucyk and Fred Stanfield are scheduled to be in attendance and were made available to the media in an afternoon session. Orr was asked about how the Bruins should go about handling the Penguins' Matt Cooke come game time, and he said that for the Bruins to focus on Cooke instead of the win would be "silly."
"The Bruins have to go out tonight and play. It is two points, they are in a fight. And the Penguins are struggling a little bit. First of all, I think that it is going to be a heck of a hockey game. It would be silly for the Bruins that their key thing to be to go after a player," Orr said. "That's silly. It would be a silly thing to do, it would be a silly thing for all of us. I was listening to a talk...
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Kyle Arrington, filing in for Devin MCcourty, previews Pats-Broncos
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Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
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Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Happy birthday Kirk!!!!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys got dressed up for Kirk's 40th.
MFB and the callers wish a very Happy 40th Birthday to Kirk Minihane
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We send out well wishes to our friend and colleague Bob 'Neumy' Neumier
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Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
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WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
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