Webb takes another step toward recovery

Webb takes another step toward recovery

PHOENIX -- Another day, another small step forward for recovering starting pitcher Brandon Webb.

The D-backs' right-hander, rehabilitating last summer's shoulder surgery, threw in the bullpen on Saturday prior to his club's game against the Dodgers. Webb, who has been alternating between light and heavy throwing sessions, had a light one, tossing two-seam fastballs at full distance with the catcher crouched.

"I feel like I'm progressing every day, and that's something I haven't had," Webb said. "It's fun to throw and almost be a normal player.

"The light is there. It's still dim, but it's there and it's very reachable."

Webb's next step: Pitching with a hitter standing in the batter's box, which could occur as early as next week.

Webb last threw a pitch in a Major League game on Opening Day in 2009, so he never officially played for recently dismissed manager A.J. Hinch. This season, Webb was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 4 and transferred to the 60-day DL two weeks later.