Webb eyes game action before season ends

Webb eyes game action before season ends

PITTSBURGH -- D-backs right-hander Brandon Webb, who had a scheduled throwing session pushed back a day, worked off a bullpen mound at PNC Park on Saturday.

"It went good," Webb reported. "Long, I got up and down a few times and ended up with like 82 to 85 pitches. It was similar to and ended up about as good as the session in Cincinnati [on Tuesday]. It took me as long as it did in Colorado [on Sept. 11] to get there though. In Cincinnati I got there real quick and was able to get a lot out of it, but it took a lot for me today to get to where I wanted to be, to be productive. That's why I threw so many pitches, 30 or 35 more than I did in Cincinnati. I got to where I needed to be and the curveball was good, and I threw a few changeups. [I] worked [with] some hitters, if I walked the first guy [I threw] from the stretch, and did some stuff like that."

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson is giving his hurler every opportunity to get back into game shape.

"He threw 82 pitches," Gibson said. "He actually went further than we thought he would go, and he stuck with it. Right now we've decided that he's going to throw a touch and feel [session] on Tuesday. Then he''ll get out on the mound on the field on Wednesday, and we'll get him loosened up and see if he recovers like he has been and then we'll get some hitters in there."

Webb is still recovering from right shoulder surgery in August 2009 and has not pitched since Opening Day '09. He would like to get in a game this season, but the D-backs only have 14 games remaining.

"No doubt, that's my goal," Webb explained. "If I'm not trying to do that, I'm not even going to throw. That's the goal even if it's the last game of the season, whatever I can get would be good, at least go out there and be competitive for a little bit. I know we're getting close."