The Diamondbacks must try for at least another week to win games without right-hander Brandon Webb, the ace of their rotation and one of the most successful pitchers in the major leagues the last three seasons.
Webb was placed on the disabled list Sunday with bursitis after feeling continued soreness in his right shoulder during a game of catch that morning. He first felt the soreness late in spring training and again in his opening day start April 6, when he gave up six runs and six hits (including two home runs) in four innings of a no-decision against Colorado.
Webb underwent an MRI Thursday that revealed no structural damage.
"I feel like we're making progress on it, but we just need a little more time to make sure it's totally good," Webb said. "There's no concern. The MRIs are all good. I mean, if there's no structural damage, there's nothing to worry about."
Webb won the NL Cy Young Award in 2006 and was the runner-up in 2007 and 2008. He
has gone 56-25 while pitching 698 innings the last three years and has set career highs in victories in each of the last four
seasons -- from 14 to 16 to 18 to 22 last season.
"I pride myself on throwing innings. If there are that many innings, you are going to have soreness and tightness," said Webb, who is eligible to return April 22.
Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit filled Webb's spot in the rotation Saturday, retiring the first 10 batters before giving up three runs in five innings of an 11-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1: RHP Dan Haren made his second quality start of the season but again had nothing to show for it when the D-backs could muster only three hits -- a double in the first inning and two singles in the eighth. 2B Felipe Lopez doubled and scored in the first. Haren gave up four hits in six innings, but two of the three batters he walked scored. The Dodgers scored their first run off Haren in the second inning when, with runners on second and third, LHP Randy Wolf lined back to Haren to start a double play. The runner on third base, OF Andre Ethier, did not tag but crossed home plate before OF Juan Pierre was doubled off second base, and Ethier's run counted because the D-backs did not appeal third base to record what is known as a "false fourth out."
Another run was lost in the 8th, when Chris Snyder failed to sacrifice Ryan Roberts to second base. Had the sacrifice been successful, Roberts
almost certainly would have scored on Lopez' single up the middle later in
--RHP Jon Garland recorded his first NL victory and his first D-backs' victory on Friday, 9-4, in his first career start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garland, who spent the first nine years of his career in the American League, has now started against every major league team except Colorado.
--RHP Dan Haren, who made 24 quality starts last season, has two
quality starts in two appearances this year but is looking for his first
victory. He is 0-2 despite giving up seven hits and three earned runs over 13 innings, in a 3-0 loss to Colorado on April 7 and 3-1 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. The D-backs have had five hits while Haren has been in the game.
--OF Justin Upton, the normal starter in right field, is 0-for-9 with five strikeouts while starting three of the D-backs' first six games. Upton, who yielded to OF Eric Byrnes on opening day, has walked once and gotten only one ball out of the infield, a fly out to center field to end an 11-2 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.
DIAMOND STAT: 4 -- Consecutive opening day starts in which 1B Tony Clark has homered: 2009 (D-backs, twice), 2004 (New York Yankees), 2003 (New York Mets) and 2002 (Boston).
QUOTABLE: "There's no concern. The MRIs are all good. I mean, if there's no structural damage, there's nothing to worry about." -- RHP Brandon Webb, after being placed on the disabled list Sunday with shoulder soreness.
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