Brandon Webb threw all three of his pitches
on Saturday, with his fastball topping out in the low-80s. He reportedly
did not have good command, but did not feel anything unusual in the gimpy
shoulder that has sidelined the former Cy Young winner for about a
feels pretty normal.," Webb told MLB.com. "It feels like I pitched a game yesterday, so all signs are
Webb will not throw another session until Friday. The Diamondbacks could
use Webb out of the bullpen easily enough with the roster expansion that will occur on
"It looks to me like he's going to pitch," pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr.
said. "It really does. I couldn't say that a month ago."
Webb will be a free agent at the end of this season. He is
unlikely to re-sign with the Diamondbacks if the club stands by its previous
policy of not awarding incentive-laded contracts based on performance, as other
clubs will no doubt offer Webb a low base salary with millions of dollars in
incentives should Webb even approach the stellar kind of numbers he put up between
So other than giving their fan base a couple of final chances to see the
greatest right-handed pitcher in Arizona Diamondbacks history pitch in a D-backs
uniform, the Diamondbacks probably won't gain an awful lot from Webb's
late-season return to the bump.
"I definitely need to prove to myself and everybody else that I can get people out,"
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