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After two years off and numerous setbacks, Brandon Webb needs another shoulder surgery

Jul 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT


Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched in the majors since Opening Day of 2009, undergoing shoulder surgery that August and experiencing multiple setbacks on the road to recovery.

And now he’s going under the knife again, with Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reporting that the former Cy Young winner will have rotator cuff surgery on August 1.

That rules him out for the remainder of this season and most it not all of 2012, and Webb’s inability to stay healthy and rediscover his lost velocity nearly two years after his initial surgery makes it hard to imagine him bouncing back quickly from another operation.

Webb debuted as a 24-year-old in 2003 and the ground-ball machine posted ERAs of 2.84, 3.59, 3.54, 3.10, 3.01, and 3.30 in his first six seasons, winning a Cy Young award in 2006 and finishing runner-up in both 2007 and 2008. And now there’s a chance he may have thrown his final big-league pitch at age 30. What a shame.

  1. SmackSaw - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Dunn…er…I mean…done.

  2. sknut - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    The human body is an amazing thing, how some players can come back from injuries and others never truly recover. What a shame.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    I don’t understand how he has another rotator cuff injury- he hasn’t pitched.

    • jwbiii - Jul 22, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      He probably tore it again while rehabbing.

  4. paulsdamnblog - Jul 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    That’s sad, this guy could have been huge.

  5. bbk1000 - Jul 23, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    He should been ROY as well…

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