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.”

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.