Brandon Webb slated to throw simulated game Monday

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Currently on the disabled list as part of his now two-year recovery from shoulder surgery, Brandon Webb threw 65 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday and is hoping to pitch a simulated game Monday.

Webb expressed some optimism following yesterday’s session, telling Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com that his “breaking ball and changeup were good, movement was excellent. It was good, the best one so far.”

Assuming he avoids a setback during the simulated game Webb’s next step would likely be a minor-league rehab assignment at Double-A, according to Watkins. Joining the Rangers’ rotation in May remains a best-case scenario for the former Cy Young winner.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?