There’s no official diagnosis yet on Brandon Webb’s shoulder injury
following multiple MRI exams and he’s expected to seek a second opinion
later this week, but the Arizona Republic now reports that “surgery appears to be a strong possibility.”
The newspaper specifically mentions that Webb may need his labrum
repaired, which is generally considered the worst-case scenario for a
pitcher and carries a much lower rate of succesful recovery than Tommy
John elbow surgery.
“We met and discussed options,” general manager Josh Byrnes said.
“Everyone wants to be sure he takes the right course of action.”
The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.
Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.
Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.