Arizona Diamondbacks SP Brandon Webb placed on DL

by Jared Byrd on April 12, 2009 @ 15:00:00 PDT


The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed starting pitcher Brandon Webb (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list, due to lingering soreness in his right shoulder. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, April 7.

Webb felt soreness in his shoulder while playing catch Sunday, April 12, and even though he wasn't overly concerned about it, the Diamondbacks opted to err on the side of caution. A recent MRI exam showed no structural damage. Team physician Michael Lee said Webb was suffering from bursitis, and some fluid in the shoulder could be limiting his range of motion.

Shoulder injuries can be a pitcher's worst nightmare. Webb's velocity was noticeably down during his first start Monday, April 6. He allowed six runs on six hits and struck out just two in four innings during his Opening Day start.

In a best-case scenario, Webb will only miss one more start. It is unknown who will take his place on the 25-man roster, or who will take his spot in the starting rotation.

Given the encouraging early reports, Webb should be stashed on the DL in all leagues. It is simply far too soon to think about doing anything else with him. When he does return, it might be worth keeping him on the bench in mixed leagues for his first start back to make sure there are no aftereffects from his shoulder injury.

It should be noted, Webb has pitched at least 208 innings in each of the last five years; piling up a lot of mileage on his arm but also showing a remarkable durability.

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About Jared Byrd

Byrd has served as a Hot Off the Wire Analyst with KFFL since 2003, covering both the NFL and MLB. A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he has played fantasy football since 1997, and fantasy baseball, basketball, and hockey since 2001.

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