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.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.