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.”

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.