Brandon Webb is finally ready to throw against some hitters, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com.
“Maybe seeing some hitters will help me tighten up my command a little bit,” Webb said. “I’ve just felt a little wild.”
Webb declared himself ready to go after throwing 62 pitches in his most recent bullpen session yesterday. He has already completed four bullpen sessions this spring.
The 32-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched in the majors since Opening Day of 2009 and while he says he has felt fine physically all spring, he’s currently running behind the other pitchers in Rangers’ camp. In short, his status for the start of the season is in serious doubt.
Webb acknowledged Saturday during an interview with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he expects to begin the season on the disabled list, but added that “hopefully I’ll catch up and move right along.”
The Blue Jays placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a contusion in his right index finger, per a team announcement on Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to Friday. In a corresponding move, righty Marcus Stroman was activated from the DL (right shoulder fatigue) and will take the mound for the Blue Jays at 9:07 PM ET tonight.
Sanchez, 25, is in his fifth season with the club. He hasn’t looked his sharpest so far this year, going 3-5 in 15 starts with a career-worst 4.52 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 79 2/3 innings. It’s not yet clear how long he’ll be sidelined, though he could miss as little as one turn in the rotation before returning to the roster in the next week or two.
Sanchez isn’t the only struggling starter in Toronto’s rotation, either. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the team placed southpaw Jaime Garcia on the DL (right shoulder tenderness) as well, with lefty reliever Tim Mayza scheduled to take his spot on the roster. In 13 starts this season, Garcia carried a 2-6 record, 6.16 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 61 1/3 innings. Any further decisions pertaining to the rotation — including Tuesday’s starter against the Astros — have yet to be publicly addressed.