Webb open to pitching in instructional league

Webb open to pitching in instructional league

CINCINNATI -- Brandon Webb still holds out hope of getting an appearance or two in relief before the end of the regular season, but the right-hander is also open to the possibility of pitching in instructional league this fall.

"I've thought about that," Webb said. "I haven't talked to anyone about it yet. It could make sense. It's a controlled environment and it's a way to get some innings."

Webb threw a bullpen session in Denver over the weekend and threw around 70 pitches and called it his "best one so far."

As he continues to try and recover from last August's shoulder surgery, Webb said he hopes to be able to face hitters again in a simulated game after his next bullpen session.

And after that?

"Then I could be ready," Webb said, referring to getting in a game.

Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. said that while Webb's recent sessions have been encouraging, "He's still a ways away. He's moving forward, but he's got a ways to go."

Stottlemyre likes the idea of instructional league action for Webb. Because the games do not count, innings can be stopped when needed and Webb could take a break during a game and come back and pitch in it if desired.

"That would be a good thing," Stottlemyre said. "It's a controlled environment, which is what he's going to need."