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Brandon Webb scheduled to throw for teams this month

Jan 1, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

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1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson was the first to report it and now Jon Heyman of can confirm: free agent right-hander Brandon Webb, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since Opening Day 2009, will throw for teams later this month.

The Twins — per Wolfson’s initial report — will send a rep. The other interested MLB clubs aren’t known.

Webb won the National League Cy Young Award while serving as the Diamondbacks’ ace in 2006 and also had excellent seasons in 2007 and 2008. But he then began developing serious shoulder problems and has now undergone several shoulder and rotator cuff procedures.

At best, he’ll get a non-guaranteed minor league contract and an invitation to a major league camp.

  1. meadowlark89 - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Twins should gobble him up, they need another guy whose arm is about to fall off!

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Webb and Mark Pryor should hold out like Koufax/ Drysdale in 1966…as a team. Rangers paid Webb $3 Million a couple years ago and he never pitched an inning. Hell, I would sign for HALF that not to pitch. Since I haven’t thrown a baseball since blowing out my shoulder in 1971, I am well rested, and plan on throwing to a dis-interested group of squirrels and mongrel dogs in the backyard this week. More on this later…

  2. tuberippin - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    BWebb was just hitting his stride with the sinker when he got hurt. A shame.

    Still, from the reports I had read, he was barely touching 90mph with his fastball….

    …which would make him a perfect signing for the Twins.

    In all seriousness though, Webb simply will not be an effective starter if he can’t get his fastball back above 90-93mph with consistency; it sets up his change-up and his sinker and is what allowed him to jam so many hitters into hitting ground balls.

  3. 13arod - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    sinkers ware down you arm

    • tuberippin - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Any overhand throwing motion “wares” down the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint.

    • mailman2504 - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      13arod.. What are you wareing?

  4. sknut - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Twins bringing in Webb and Harden to mentor young pitchers going on DL. Twins have had enough the last two years need some leadership in that category.

  5. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Maybe he learned the knuckleball! lol

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