Brandon Webb struggles in first professional start since Opening Day of 2009

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Brandon Webb allowed five runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings earlier this afternoon in his first minor league rehab start with Double-A Frisco, reports Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It was his first professional start of any kind since Opening Day of the 2009 season.

Webb struck out two, walked two and hit a batter while throwing 47 out of 77 pitches for strikes. The 32-year-old right-hander topped out at 85 mph on the radar gun during a 32-pitch first inning, but mostly sat in the 83-84 mph range. Of the 10 outs recorded during Webb’s outing, two occurred on the basepaths.

Webb obviously has quite a bit of work to do before pitching in the major leagues again, but his 30-day rehab clock has officially begun.

Padres sign Jordan Lyles

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The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.

Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.

Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.