Webb urges patience with shoulder rehab

Webb urges patience with shoulder rehab

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brandon Webb would like everyone to just take a breath and not try to predict whether or not he will be ready to start the third game of the regular season.

"It's too soon to tell," the right-hander said before Saturday's game with the Giants.

Webb was asked about his timeline after Arizona GM Josh Byrnes said Friday that it was possible that Webb would have to start the year on the disabled list.

"Even two or three days in advance is too much to say," Webb said. "We're just day-to-day. That's all it is. Hopefully I'm ready by the third game of the season; that's definitely not out of the question either. I'm still aiming for that. But if there is a little setback, anything that I can get is better than what I got last year."

That seemed to be what Byrnes was saying as well when he emphasized the goal was to have Webb healthy for as much of the season as possible and if that meant he missed the first few weeks, then so be it.

The key will be whether Webb is able to get into a Cactus League game by the middle of March. If he is, that would keep the possibility of him being ready for the regular season alive.

"The 13th or 15th is kind of a date I had pinpointed," Webb said of when he hoped to see game action. "And if it's not that, obviously that's going to eat into my Spring Training innings, so hopefully it won't be any or if it is it won't be very much and I'll be ready sooner rather than later."

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Webb, who is recovering from shoulder surgery last August, has thrown eight bullpen sessions over the last month and a half and said Wednesday that he feels like he is "stagnant."

Pain in the shoulder does not appear to be the issue for Webb right now, but it seems to be more a matter of letting the ball go without worrying about the shoulder.

The club is hoping that by having him face hitters in a batting-practice situation next time he throws, it will amp up his intensity and allow him to cut loose.

Initially it looked like that might happen Sunday or Monday, but Webb said that it will more likely be Tuesday or Wednesday.

"Obviously I want to make them all, I want to pitch 235 innings, I want to do that," Webb said. "It's still reality, I think. It kind of depends on when I get into games here in Spring Training. Every day I'll see what I can do. I don't want to push it too much. So I don't think anybody knows and it's impossible to put dates or timelines on anything."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.