Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that Brandon Webb was “sore” following an eight-minute bullpen session yesterday, which is to be expected from a pitcher who hasn’t seen game action since Opening Day of 2009 because of shoulder problems.
For now the Rangers are planning to have him throw every three days–rather than the standard every-other-day schedule for most pitchers in camp–which means he’ll take the mound again Sunday barring any setbacks.
As pitching coach Mike Maddux explained: “This is a guy that hasn’t thrown for two years. We don’t want to put the cart before the horse with him. We’re going to take our time. We have to build some strength.”
There’s no timetable yet for when Webb will begin facing live hitters or advance to game action, but the Rangers are still hopeful that he’ll be ready for Opening Day after signing Webb to an incentive-laden one-year contract that guarantees the former Cy Young winner $3 million.
KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.
The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.
A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”
Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.