Webb, Qualls and Snyder making progress
Checked in with D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes today about the health of Brandon Webb, Chad Qualls and Chris Snyder.
Webb (shoulder) continues to make progress and threw off the mound for the second time Friday. He’ll throw at least one more bullpen session before reporting to Tucson for next Saturday’s first workout for pitchers and catchers.
Qualls (knee) turned the corner in his recovery in Dec. and has been throwing off the mound and should be ready for the start of camp. It’s possible the team will have him throw a couple fewer innings than normal during the Cactus League as a precaution. Short relievers need less time to get ready obviously than starting pitchers so whether he winds up throwing 10 or seven innings this spring should not matter.
“I don’t think he needs six weeks to be ready,” Byrnes said. “So I think we will assess what is necessary for him to do, but he’s ready to go.”
Snyder (back) has caught at least one of Webb’s bullpen session and is also on pace to be a full go when camp opens.
“Snyder looks great,” Byrnes said. “Like with the others, we will be smart about it, but watching him, he looks real good right now.”