Brandon Webb throws bullpen session

Updated: May 21, 2011, 6:20 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins |


PHILADELPHIA -- Texas Rangers starter Brandon Webb, who has yet to pitch this season due to his recovery from right rotator cuff surgery, threw a bullpen session in Arizona on Saturday.

Webb is scheduled to throw an extended game Tuesday in Arizona and if all goes well he could come to Arlington, Texas, for a bullpen session.

That bullpen session could happen on the Rangers' day off on Thursday or before the start of their three-game series versus the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

The club held some private discussions about letting Webb pitch in Triple-A Round Rock, but when told he's still not ready, it was decided he will remain in Arizona.

Webb was signed for $3 million guaranteed in the offseason with the hope that he could return to form and help the Rangers at some point in 2011.

Webb had debridement surgery on his right shoulder in August 2009 and has been attempting to come back since then. Webb was 87-62 with a 3.27 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2003 to 2009. He won the 2006 National League Cy Young Award and was an All-Star in 2007 and 2008 but has pitched just four big league innings the last two-plus seasons.

Calvin Watkins is a reporter and columnist for Information from's Richard Durrett was used in this report.

Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for He joined in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.