Brandon Webb Encouraged but Lacking Velocity in Return to Mound
"I felt like I threw pretty good," Webb told FanHouse after pitching an inning of an instructional league game in Tucson, Ariz.
Webb, a free agent after this season, has not pitched in the majors since Opening Day 2009 and underwent shoulder surgery on Aug. 3, 2009. He had hoped to pitch for the Diamondbacks this season, but the team ruled it out, allowing him three instructional league outings instead.
A scout in attendance Wednesday said Webb threw his fastball with good sink -- his trademark -- but only 78-82 mph. The scout said Webb's curve was "rolling" and his changeup was "good" but only 70-72 mph.
"Scary that that is all he's got after such long rehab," the scout said.
In one inning, Webb allowed a triple, two groundouts and a fly out. He threw 20 pitches.
Webb, 31, said he was happy that he threw strikes, adding he was tentative and expects his velocity to improve.
"It's obviously going to get better and better," he said. "Today kind of felt like I was aiming the ball a little bit. I didn't want to go out there and walk a bunch of guys."
Webb is scheduled to pitch again Saturday and a week from Thursday.