As a Ranger fan I am interested in seeing Brandon Webb getting back to form. It looks like the Rangers are taking things slow with him. Of course he is doing his “long toss” so he should be up and running real soon right?
Seriously, what is the likelihood of Webb returning this year to his past form or even being a serviceable pitcher for the Rangers?
Following is an excerpt from ESPN Dallas
Webb threw for about eight minutes on Thursday and will throw long toss on Friday and Saturday before climbing back on a mound Sunday. Maddux said he just wanted to take a look at Webb and see his mechanics and how he looked on Thursday. Manager Ron Washington also kept a watchful eye.
Maddux said Webb’s schedule for spring training games could be adjusted as well. The pitching coach added that just because Webb is on a slower schedule doesn’t mean he won’t be ready to join the rotation in Opening Day.
At one point during the session, Maddux gave Webb an adjustment to try to keep him from “flying open.”
“Mechanically, he’s rusty,” Maddux said. “He’s inconsistent with his delivery right now and he’s got to put together some swing thoughts to tighten the ship on that. We went over some things and got a brief look.”
Webb said he felt good after the session but that he has to fight the tendency for his arm to get ahead of his body. It’s something he’ll address more on Sunday.
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