Webb Thinks He's Ready to Pitch

Brandon Webb believes that he is finally healthy enough to face major league hitters, but the Arizona Diamondbacks have virtually no motivation to let him do so, as they would need to drop a player from their 40-man roster in order to accommodate the best right-handed pitcher in their franchise history.

Right-hander Brandon Webb believes his right shoulder is fit enough to make at least one appearance in the last week of the regular season, but issues other than health are in play.

Because Webb is on the 60-day disabled list, the D-backs would have to designate a player for assignment to create a spot for him on the 40-man roster. Webb will be a free agent this winter, and it is unclear whether the D-backs would want to lose a player for a week's worth of Webb, no matter how much he has meant to the organization since coming to the majors in 2003.

Webb, general manager Kevin Towers and interim manager Kirk Gibson are to meet on Monday's off day to discuss the situation. Webb has not pitched since opening day of 2009, and he has spent all season rehabilitating a shoulder injury after surgery in August 2009.

"I feel like I'm good to go. I'm not in midseason form. I'm in spring training mode, I would say," hedged Webb, who threw a 35-pitch simulated game Saturday.  "I know I'm not 100 percent. I don't think I need to be 100 percent to go out there. Once I get into a real game, the adrenaline would make me faster."

Webb said he would like the opportunity to show teams he is fit as he enters the offseason, and thinks that the Diamondbacks may be sabotaging his efforts to showcase his talents to other teams by holding him back from pitching. 

"I don't have any worries about pitching in a game. I think I have more to lose if I don't go out there and pitch. Just to show everybody I am healthy and throwing. If I threw 85-88 (mph fastball velocity), that would be a huge positive," Webb said.

Gibson has been an advocate of giving Webb the benefit of the doubt.

"If 'Webby' wants to pitch, I don't think we'll stop him. When somebody wants to pitch, we understand that. Is he ready? It's been a long, frustrating road for him. If it's deemed that it's time for him, then he'll do it. If not, then we'll continue on some type of program to make sure that he has an opportunity to do that."

DIAMONDBACKS 5, DODGERS 4: CF Chris Young's two-run home run capped a four-run eighth inning that also included a two-run homer by 3B Tony Abreu as the D-backs won their first series in five tries against the Dodgers this season. C Miguel Montero had three hits and tied a franchise record with two triples a day after his wife delivered their first child. RHP Juan Gutierrez converted his 10th straight save opportunity since Aug. 31.

SNAKE BYTES

--CF Chris Young was 0-for-13 with eight strikeouts against Dodgers RHP Jonathan Broxton before connecting for his game-winning, two-run home run to cap a four-run eighth inning in a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday. Young hit the first pitch he saw well into the left-field seats for his 27th homer of the year. "Finally," Young said. "How many at-bats was that? It felt like it was 45. Hopefully sooner or later you will connect." Young has 27 stolen bases also, and is the first player in franchise history to have two 25/25 seasons. He also accomplished that in 2007.

--One day after C Miguel Montero's wife delivered their first child, Montero became the fifth player in franchise history to have two triples in a game when he connected in the fifth and seventh innings. "It was a good day. Came here real excited," said Montero, who had just one triple in his previous 1,120 at-bats entering the game.

--3B Mark Reynolds (bruised right thumb) has not played since Friday after aggravating his injury that night. Reynolds has only four hits, all singles, in his last 54 at-bats while attempting to play through the injury and entered the final week of the season hitting .199 with 32 home runs and 84 RBI. He could become the first player in major league history to have more than 30 homers while hitting under .200. St. Louis 1B Mark McGwire hit .187 with 29 homers in 2001, and Detroit OF Rob Deer batted .179 with 25 home runs in 1991.

--RHP Daniel Hudson has made 11 consecutive quality starts since joining the D-backs in a July 30 trade with the Chicago White Sox, the most by a major league rookie since Diamondbacks RHP Brandon Webb made 13 straight in 2003, according to Elias. Hudson, 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA, has given up only 51 hits in 79 2/3 innings since August 1, the most innings in that span in the major leagues entering Sunday games.

--RHP Brandon Webb threw 35 pitches in a simulated game Saturday and hopes to get into a game the final week of the regular season, although since Webb is on the 60-day disabled list, the D-backs would have to designate a player for assignment in order to create space on the 40-man roster. Webb, general manager Kevin Towers and interim manager Kirk Gibson are to meet Monday, an off day. "When somebody wants to pitch, we understand that. Is he ready? It's been a long, frustrating road for him," Gibson said. "If it's deemed that it's time for him, then he'll do it. If not, then we'll continue on some type of program to make sure that he has an opportunity to do that."

--OF Justin Upton (left shoulder strain) flew to Alabama on Sunday and is to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on the injury that has bothered him since an awkward swing on August 30. He missed his eighth straight start Sunday and has played in only four games, pinch running twice, since suffering his injury.

DIAMOND STAT: 4 -- NL West titles won by Kevin Towers in his 13-plus seasons as San Diego's general manager.

QUOTABLE: "I think it is a quick turnaround. I am not a believer in five-year plans, six-year plans. I want to win next year." -- New Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers.


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