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Friday, June 10, 2011
Will Brandon Webb pitch in bigs again?

By Richard Durrett

It's a question many of you have asked in emails and chats over the past month. And after talking about it with during the Detroit series, I thought I'd let Brandon Webb talk about where he is in his progression and how he's feeling.

Webb hopes to throw a bullpen later this weekend and then possibly get on a mound for a few innings and resume his rehab assignment late next week. But he hasn't worked out a plan with the Rangers on that yet.

To Webb's credit, he's a positive guy who tries hard not to allow setbacks to keep him from believing he can find his mechanics, rediscover some more velocity and become an effective major league pitcher again. But does he think about the possibility that it won't happen?

"Yeah, I think about it," Webb said Wednesday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. "I think about when is this going to be it and I’m going to say, ‘Hey, I’m done.’ I haven’t come to that point yet. But I’ve thought about that what if. We're already halfway through this year and it's been 2 1/2 years now. I don't want to give up on it. I'm not ready to do that. I'll keep working."

Webb is quick to praise the training staff and the coaches with the Rangers, and he wants to help the team in some way before the season is over. What he doesn't want to do is bounce around the minors with stuff that isn't good enough to pitch in the big leagues.

"That’s the only place I want to pitch," Webb said of the majors. "I’m not trying to pitch in Double- or Triple-A. If I see that I can’t get it done, than I can’t get it done. That will be a huge, deciding factor."

For now, Webb isn't at that point. He continues to rehab and said his inflammed rotator cuff feels better. The 2006 Cy Young Award winner and an All-Star in 2007 and 2008 before shoulder issues led to surgery to clean out loose debris and inflammed tissue in August 2009 remains upbeat and vows to keep working. Stay tuned.