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Westmoreland to have brain surgery

Updated: March 14, 2010, 3:25 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Ryan Westmoreland, a 19-year-old outfielder and Rhode Island native widely considered to be the best position prospect in the Boston Red Sox system, is scheduled to undergo brain surgery Tuesday for an unusual congenital condition that carries significant risk of neurological damage and is potentially life-threatening.

Westmoreland will undergo surgery Tuesday in Arizona, the team announced Saturday night, to remove a "cavernous malformation of the brain."

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