Brandon Webb still hoping to make 6-8 starts this season

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Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of last year thanks to multiple setbacks on the road back from shoulder surgery, but is encouraged enough by recent progress that he’s hoping to rejoin the Diamondbacks’ rotation for 6-8 starts before the end of the season.
“It’s still a ways off, but I can definitely say I’m encouraged by everything I’ve done,” Webb told Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic. “The light is there. It’s still dim, but it’s there, and it’s very reachable.”
Of course, Webb said almost the exact same thing a month ago when he talked about seeing “a little light at the end of the tunnel.”
At this point there’s no real urgency with his return because the Diamondbacks are already out of contention, Webb is an impending free agent, and there’s little chance of him getting healthy in time to be showcased for potential trade suitors before the July 31 (or perhaps even August 31) deadline.

The Cubs will try to clinch the NL Central on Tuesday

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The Cubs soundly defeated the Cardinals on Monday night, 10-2, sending their magic number down to one. They will try to clinch the NL Central on Tuesday with another win against the Cardinals. Alternatively, if they lose, they can still clinch if the Brewers also lose on Tuesday.

The Cubs, of course, won the Central last year en route to winning their first World Series since 1908. It wasn’t nearly as easy this year as the club was below .500 entering June and was exactly at .500 entering July. A 16-8 July, 17-12 August, and 15-8 September have helped put the Cubs back in position to return to the postseason.

Not to be forgotten, the Cardinals were eliminated from NL Central contention with Monday’s loss. Now they have their sights set on the second NL Wild Card slot and currently trail the Rockies in that race.

The matchups for Tuesday’s action:

Carter Capps to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.

Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.

The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.