Brandon Webb aiming to return "within 14 days"

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Here’s a shocker.

Diamondbacks veteran Brandon Webb, who hasn’t thrown a pitch in a major league game since April of 2009, is aiming to return to the big leagues “within the next 14 days.”  This is what his agent, Jonathan Maurer, told Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse.

The 31-year-old Webb has several bullpen sessions under his belt and completed a successful simulated game on Saturday afternoon.  He’s likely to head out on a minor league rehab assignment early next week and will be evaluated from there.  By all accounts, his surgically-repaired shoulder is doing just fine.

Webb has made 199 major league appearances in his seven-plus year career and only one of those has been as a reliever.  But, because of time constraints, he’s going to return as a member of the D’Backs’ bullpen this season.

The impending free agent is hoping to build his resume for the upcoming winter.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.