Diamondbacks' Webb Has 'Cleanup' on Shoulder, Which Team Calls Good News
Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said Webb would not throw for 3-4 months. But agent Jonathan Maurer said via text message that Webb will start throwing in October.
Webb, Arizona's ace, has not pitched since throwing four innings on Opening Day. the surgery was performed by Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician.
"They didn't have to repair anything," Hinch said. "It sounds like it was good news for us."
As for whether Webb could be ready for Opening Day 2010, Hinch said, "I don't think it's out of the question. But I don't think it's guaranteed either."
Maurer, however, wrote that "a full recovery [is] expected by or before spring training 2010."
The next question is for whom will he pitch in 2010. It seems quite possible that the Diamondbacks decline their $8.5 million option on Webb, instead paying a $2 million buyout.
Webb, 30, won the 2006 NL Cy Young Award and over 2006-08 was 56-25 with a 3.13 ERA.
A debridement is the "removal of non-healthy tissues and foreign material from a wound or burn to prevent infection and permit healing." It was not immediately clear if it was on Webb's labrum or rotator cuff or both.