Veteran pitcher Brandon Webb will throw a bullpen session Friday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to test the strength of his right shoulder.
If it goes well, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Webb will be sent to Double-A Frisco to make a rehab start on Monday evening.
The 32-year-old threw six solid innings Tuesday in an outing at extended spring training, allowing just one run while striking out six and issuing no walks. His fastball hit 84 MPH, up from the high-70s and low-80s readings that he was getting in April.
If Webb is cleared to report to Double-A Frisco on Monday, his 30-day rehab clock will then begin. He’ll have time to make five or six rehab appearances before the Rangers must make a decision about his future.
Webb hasn’t taken a mound in a major league game since the first week of the 2009 season.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.
It’s not known yet what kind of contract the two sides are negotiating. It could be a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, a non-guaranteed major league contract, or a guaranteed major league contract.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.