Tag:Brandon Webb
Posted on: August 5, 2010 11:46 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 12:24 am

Webb eyeing return to Arizona bullpen

Brandon Webb A free agent after the season, Arizona's Brandon Webb hasn't given up on pitching for the Diamondbacks this season. However, if he does pitch this season, it'll be out of the bullpen.

Webb threw a bullpen session when the Diamondbacks were in New York last week, but has been shut down for the time being, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert .

"My arm feels good, but in order to face some batters, I need to get some more velocity," Webb told Gilbert. That's the only thing that is standing in my way right now. I feel like if I get my velocity, if I throw a couple of 'pens and a couple of simulated games, it'll be right around Sept. 1 and no minor leagues are going to be playing, they'll be done. I'll have to throw out of the 'pen here."

Although Webb won't travel with the Diamondbacks on its upcoming road trip, but instead will travel home to Kentucky and play long toss there.

Any success he has would certainly help his bargaining position with potential suitors.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 3:36 pm

D-backs players 'saw it coming'

Diamondbacks Diamondbacks players were not exactly rushing to the defense of A.J. Hinch a day after Hinch was fired as manager.

"I think it was something we felt was coming," catcher Chris Snyder told MLB.com. "It was definitely time for a change."

Pitcher Brandon Webb said, if anything, he was surprised the shakeup, in which general manager Josh Byrnes also was sacked, didn't come sooner.

"I think we all kind of saw it coming, but we just didn't know when it was going to happen," Webb said. "Maybe we even thought it would happen before now. I think it was time for a change with the way we've been playing for so long."

Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall (pictured, left) and managing partner Ken Kendrick held a news conference Friday to talk about the moves, and seemed to indicate that interim manager Kirk Gibson was a good bet to retain the job, but didn't sound as sold on interim GM Jerry DiPoto.

The Los Angeles Times points out that the Diamondbacks could come after the top two lieutenants of Dodgers GM Ned Colletti: Kim Ng and Logan White. Hall is a former Dodgers vice president and knows Ng and White well.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:21 am
Edited on: June 17, 2010 11:23 am

Webb on comeback trail for Diamondbacks

Brandon Webb Mired in the NL West cellar with a 26-40 record, not much has gone right for the Diamondbacks in 2010.

That's why any piece of good news is welcome, and the fact that ace Brandon Webb threw 75 pitches of a mound Wednesday has to be doubly welcome as the team has yet to recoup its $8.5 million investment in Webb on the year.

"Those first [pitches], I was a little discouraged," Webb told MLB.com. "For some reason, I don't even know what it was, I was still kind of short and cutting off in front and keeping it short in back. But the second set, I was just trying to keep everything long and really stretch out and reach out front, and it felt great. I went from being kind of discouraged to it went real good and I was real happy with it."

The right-hander hasn't thrown a major-league pitch since Opening Day of 2009, when he was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis. He's struggled to recover from surgery ever since, and had a setback earlier in the season when he had to rebuild his throwing motion after discovering he was throwing from too high an arm slot.

Webb will travel with the team and continue throwing bullpen sessions, eventually working his way to a minor league rehab assignment then joining the D-Backs.

While his return will be too late to help the struggling squad get into the playoffs, Webb will be pitching for a 2011 contract. How he performs down the stretch will dictate what his free agent market is.

-- Evan Brunell

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