Webb inching towards mound
Brandon Webb is creeping closer and closer to that elusive first bullpen session.
If it seems like I’ve been writing about that possibility for a while now, well it’s because I have. Webb threw a side session on flat ground here at Kauffman Stadium before batting practice and told us afterwards that he expects to get on the mound for a bullpen session Friday.
“It’s the best I’ve felt since Spring Training,” Webb said. “I’m pretty pumped.”
The D-backs could sorely use their ace back. Webb has not pitched since Opening Day and they’ve been extra cautious with his rehab since he suffered a bit of a setback when he tried to hurry his return in late April.
D-backs manager A.J. Hinch was explaining to us before the game that bringing a pitcher back from a shoulder injury is tough because a shoulder is always going to have a little bit of soreness after throwing and the question is how much that soreness is normal and how much is related to the injury itself.
It sounds like right now the D-backs want to make sure almost all the soreness is out of there before they let him get back on the mound.
Mathmatically it’s probably still possible for Webb to make it back before the All-Star Break, but it seems far more likely that it will come sometime soon after.