Brandon Webb is finally ready to throw against some hitters, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com.
“Maybe seeing some hitters will help me tighten up my command a little bit,” Webb said. “I’ve just felt a little wild.”
Webb declared himself ready to go after throwing 62 pitches in his most recent bullpen session yesterday. He has already completed four bullpen sessions this spring.
The 32-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched in the majors since Opening Day of 2009 and while he says he has felt fine physically all spring, he’s currently running behind the other pitchers in Rangers’ camp. In short, his status for the start of the season is in serious doubt.
Webb acknowledged Saturday during an interview with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he expects to begin the season on the disabled list, but added that “hopefully I’ll catch up and move right along.”
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.