When we last checked in on Brandon Webb he was disappointed with a recent simulated game during which his fastball topped out in the low-80s, but yesterday the perpetually rehabbing right-hander threw a “glorified bullpen” session that “ended up being really good.”
Whether or not that will lead to Webb actually pitching this season is unclear, but he’s encouraged enough to schedule a similar throwing session for this weekend and certainly seems upbeat:
The movement on it was the best I’ve had, by far. I was like, “Those are nasty. Those are pretty good.” The location was good. I threw a lot of strikes. It was good, real good. We’ll probably do that again, probably not going to do hitters again. Probably going to do this. I feel real comfortable with this right now.
With under a month remaining in the season the fact Webb feels “real comfortable” throwing without anyone taking swings against him and is “probably not going to do hitters again” doesn’t seem like a particularly good sign for his odds of taking a major-league mound for the first time since Opening Day of last year.
Then again, progress is progress and Webb is probably looking ahead to his impending free agency more than he is making an ultimately meaningless September start for a last-place team. It’ll be interesting to see what the market for Webb is like this offseason, because he hasn’t been healthy and effective since mid-2008 and has earned approximately $15 million since his last win.