Webb doesn't need surgery, but unlikely to return before September

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After being examined by three different doctors in three different states this week, Brandon Webb has been told that he doesn’t need shoulder surgery.
“They all said pretty much the same thing, that they would not
recommend surgery right now,” Webb said. “They told me this is
something that should get better.”

However, he’s been advised not to resume throwing for at least six
weeks and is unlikely to come off the disabled list before September,
at which point the Diamondbacks are likely to be completely out of the
playoff picture and may simply decide that it’s not worth bringing him
back for a few starts.

Arizona holds an $8 million team option on Webb for 2010, but the
alternative being a $2 million buyout makes it likely that he won’t be
cut without suffering a major setback. “Honestly, that’s the last thing
on my mind right now,” Webb said. “I just want to pitch. It’s been
killing me to not be out there. I’m tired of talking about my contract,
or talking about my arm, I’m just dying to get back out there again and
pitch.”

Braves designate Josh Collmenter for assignment

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Last night Braves reliever Josh Collmenter surrendered three homers and seven runs in the 10th inning of a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He came into the game when it was tied 5-5 so, yeah, ouch. Today Collmenter is on his way to no longer being a Braves reliever as he has been designated for assignment.

Collmenter made 11 appearances for the Braves, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 17 innings. If he doesn’t latch on someplace else he can take heart that his final act in the big leagues was striking out former MVP Andrew McCutchen. If only he hadn’t surrendered consecutive homers to David Freese, Jose Osuna and Jordy Mercer just before that. Oh well. Take the good with the bad.

Right-hander Matt Wisler, who has been no great shakes in the bigs himself, was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett before today’s series finale against the Pirates. He’s currently throwing mopup duty for Bartolo Colon, who got shelled for seven runs in four innings.

Given how Colon is going, maybe the Braves will be thinking about some more transactions soon.

Wanna feel old? Dusty Baker’s son Darren is graduating from high school

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Remember Darren Baker, the son of Nats manager Dusty Baker? If you do, it’s because you remember him as a three-year-old bat boy for the San Francisco Giants who, during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series, was almost run over at home plate only to be saved by Giants first baseman J.T. Snow. Simple math makes it obvious that the kid is now 18, but it still feels weird that so much time has passed.

Now Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, so father Dusty will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend the ceremonies and festivities. Baker will rejoin Washington when they begin a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday. In the meantime, bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties.

Time flies, man.