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.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.