Brandon Webb pulled off rehab with more shoulder issues

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Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram passes along word that veteran right-hander Brandon Webb had to be pulled off his minor league rehab assignment Thursday after renewed inflammation was discovered in his rotator cuff.

Webb surrendred five earned runs on eight hits during a 3 1/3-inning rehab start on Monday afternoon at Double-A Frisco. It was his first appearance in a professional game since the first week of the 2009 regular season.

The 32-year-old has been prescribed anti-inflammatories and will continue playing catch on a near-daily basis, but he won’t be allowed to resume his minor league rehab assignment for another seven days per Major League Baseball policy.

With his shoulder still nagging and his fastball velocity still residing somewhere between 81 and 84 MPH, it’s probably safe to wonder at this point whether we’ll ever see Webb take another major league mound.

Eric Hinske joins Angels as a hitting coach

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The Angels announced on Monday that Eric Hinske has joined the team to serve as the new hitting coach. Hinske had been the hitting coach for the Cubs since 2014.

Hinske, 40, spent parts of 12 years in the majors, though he never played for the Angels (or the Cubs). He put up a .762 OPS over his career.

Dave Hansen had been the Angels hitting coach since the end of the 2015 season but the Angels decided to part ways with him heading into 2018.