Ryan Westmoreland played catch the other day. When he was the top prospect in the Red Sox system, before his brain surgery, playing catch was part of the everyday routine. Now, the 20-year-old labors to do things that once came naturally, and a simple game of catch is no longer so simple.
He was in the yard of his parents’ Portsmouth home, tossing the ball with his girlfriend, Charlene Colameta, and his childhood friend, Dan Dugan. The first time Dugan saw his friend try to throw a ball post-surgery, only a month had passed since the operation, and Westmoreland’s brain couldn’t yet send the right signals to his body. The ball traveled only 3 feet or so, Dugan said.