After two years off and numerous setbacks, Brandon Webb needs another shoulder surgery

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Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched in the majors since Opening Day of 2009, undergoing shoulder surgery that August and experiencing multiple setbacks on the road to recovery.

And now he’s going under the knife again, with Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reporting that the former Cy Young winner will have rotator cuff surgery on August 1.

That rules him out for the remainder of this season and most it not all of 2012, and Webb’s inability to stay healthy and rediscover his lost velocity nearly two years after his initial surgery makes it hard to imagine him bouncing back quickly from another operation.

Webb debuted as a 24-year-old in 2003 and the ground-ball machine posted ERAs of 2.84, 3.59, 3.54, 3.10, 3.01, and 3.30 in his first six seasons, winning a Cy Young award in 2006 and finishing runner-up in both 2007 and 2008. And now there’s a chance he may have thrown his final big-league pitch at age 30. What a shame.