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Brandon Webb throws, thinks he'll be ready for season

Feb 9, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

Good news for Arizona Diamondbacks fans: Brandon Webb threw off a mound on Tuesday for the first time since his shoulder surgery in August, and as he tells MLB.com, “[It] went good.”

Webb, a three-time All-Star and winner of the 2006 NL Cy Young Award, made just one start in 2009 due to shoulder pain, then finally had surgery on Aug. 3.

“It was good to get him into the next phase of his rehabilitation,” D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. “He looked comfortable. This is a positive sign as we’re getting close to Spring Training. I thought he looked good.”

The D-backs will treat Webb carefully in spring training, but the right-hander said he didn’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be ready for the start of the season.

If up to full strength (a huge if), Webb would combine with Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson to give Arizona a fine trio of starters. Though with Ian Kennedy and Billy Buckner likely filling out the rotation, a little added depth wouldn’t hurt.

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  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 9, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    “It went good”–You can take the man out of Kentucky, but you can’t take the Kentucky out of the man.

  2. BC - Feb 10, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Haren, Jackson and a healthy Webb… Cripe between their starting pitching and the Giants’, plus the Dodgers bullpen, will anyone score any runs in that division?

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