Webb 'running out of time' to avoid disabled list

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Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch admitted today that “we are running out of time” for Brandon Webb to be ready for Opening Day, with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reporting that “it’s becoming more and more clear” that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list.
Webb hasn’t pitched since complaining of shoulder soreness on Opening Day of last season, eventually undergoing surgery in August after a series of setbacks. He threw a bullpen session last week, but said afterward that he felt “stagnant” while still insisting he’d be ready for the season. However, barring game action within the next week that seems highly unlikely.
“We’re going to need to see what he looks like next on the mound,” Hinch said. “You never know once he gets on the mound if we can speed things up as much as we slowed things down in the last week. He’s an important guy and an important ingredient to our rotation, but a healthy Brandon Webb is more important than an active Brandon Webb.”

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.