Westmoreland participates in spring training

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Westmoreland participates in spring training

Ryan Westmoreland is happy to take it all in.

Last March, he underwent brain surgery to have a cavernous malformation removed from his brain stem. Now, less than a year later, he's in Fort Myers, rehabbing and working out with members of the Red Sox organization for spring training.

He knows there's a long road in front of him before he's able to return to playing baseball, but for now, he's happy he's progressed to the point that he can participate in "baseball activities."

"Doing the things I'm doing now feels great," he said. "I feel more blessed to be out here, just around my buddies and to have a second chance at life . . . that's special for me.

"I've taken it for granted in the past. Just the little drills. I know I'm inspiring and helping a lot of the guys out there because there's stuff they think is monotonous, but if you look at the rehab I'm doing, it makes them appreciate it more."

There is no timetable for when Westmoreland can play again. He says it's better that way.

"I've never had too many long-term goals," he said. "It's about staying even headed, and taking it one day at a time. If I get ahead of myself, I'm going to be expecting too much of myself . . . It's just a day at a time, keep it short and get better every day. That's really my goal and I don't plan on changing it."

For now, the plan is to enjoy his time at spring training, and remain thankful he's progressed as much as he has.

"It's nice to be out in a baseball environment with my friends," he said. "It's different than being in a rehab facility."

He continued, "I'm just excited to keep it going and see what lies ahead."

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

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Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.