Lester: Westmoreland ‘in a good organization’
Jon Lester isn’t making comparisons between his cancer battle
four years ago and Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland’s recent
Boston announced Saturday that the 19-year-old outfielder will
have surgery Tuesday for a cavernous malformation in his brain.
“I don’t know if you can compare what (I) went through to
that,” Lester said Sunday. “I mean you’re talking about a brain,
it’s a little different situation. He’s definitely in a good
organization as far as doctors and people that’ll take care of him.
As far as that goes, we got a lot of good resources here.”
Lester was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma in
August 2006 during his first major-league season. The pitcher has
been cancer-free since his treatment that year.
Westmoreland was recognized as the best prospect in the Red Sox
system by Baseball America this offseason.
A cavernous malformation is a cluster of abnormal or dilated
blood vessels that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms can
include bleeding in the brain, seizures and headaches.
Lester said the Red Sox did a good job of protecting his privacy
during his treatment, and he expects Westmoreland will benefit from
the same approach.
“I was very happy with the way it was handled as far as the
media and the Red Sox,” Lester said. “I think I probably would
have dealt with (my treatments) the same, (but) it’s just one less
thing you have to deal with.”