Brandon Webb to see Rangers' doctor
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers pitcher Brandon Webb, the 2006 Cy Young Award winner attempting a comeback from shoulder surgery, could not get loose before a scheduled live batting practice session Wednesday and did not throw.
The Rangers said Webb experienced shoulder soreness and shut him down as a precaution. He was examined by team physician Keith Meister, who reported that it was nothing serious.
The 31-year-old was supposed to throw his fourth bullpen session to live hitters and, if all went well, was expected to pitch in a minor league game later this week or early next week. Those plans are now on hold for Webb, who said Wednesday was "not a good day."
"I just didn't feel good," he said.
Webb said he will go back to his long toss program, during which he had no problems.
"Hopefully this is nothing too concerning," Webb said. "I want to quickly move on. They want to be cautious. Listen to your body. It's tough. It's really frustrating for me when I'm going good and one day it's like it's pretty good and then you have a day like this. It's a little depressing. Hopefully we'll push through it and get back on the mound again in three or four more days."
Webb signed a contract worth $3 million guaranteed with another $5 million in incentives this offseason with Texas. He has pitched just four innings in the major leagues the last two seasons after having shoulder debridement surgery (performed by Meister) in August 2009. He attempted to come back last season but had setbacks and ended up pitching to minor leaguers during Arizona's instructional camp last fall.
Webb arrived in Arizona hoping to be ready by Opening Day, but the Rangers quickly decided to take a conservative approach with him. He spent a few weeks long tossing to build up arm strength before getting back on a mound for bullpen sessions and then graduating to pitching to live hitters.
Even before Wednesday's session, Webb's timetable for a return was probably sometime in May. Webb was progressing fine until Wednesday's session. He did cut short a bullpen session earlier in the week, but weather was the main reason it was decided to stop that after eight pitches.
Webb won the NL Cy Young Award in 2006 and was an All-Star in 2007 and 2008 before shoulder problems crept up.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.