Mar 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT
Already slated to begin the season on the disabled list, Brandon Webb was scratched from his scheduled live batting practice session today and has been shut down indefinitely, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Webb last started a game on Opening Day of 2009, but his recovery from shoulder surgery has been full of slow progress interrupted by setbacks. Sullivan reports that he couldn’t “get loose” this morning and “will be examined by Dr. Keith Meister.”
Webb, who was paid $15 million by the Diamondbacks for throwing a total of four innings during the previous two seasons, signed an incentive-laden one-year deal with the Rangers that includes $3 million in upfront money.
It was a worthwhile gamble on the former Cy Young winner, but it seems unlikely that Webb will be ready to make much of an impact before the All-Star break, if at all.
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