Arizona Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb will not have surgery on his ailing pitching shoulder, hoping he can play again this year.
Webb made the decision Wednesday after meeting with team doctors and three other physicians.
The 2006 N.L. Cy Young Award winner, who won 56 games from 2006-08, has been sidelined since opening day.
He will begin a regimen to strengthen the shoulder but isn’t expected to throw for several weeks.
“After meeting with several doctors, ‘Webby’ has decided to proceed with a conservative course of treatment,” Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes said in an e-mail message. “We are optimistic that this will give him the best chance to return to pitching.”
Crews get to work
Construction has begun for the long-awaited Florida Marlins ballpark.
Only hours after the final arrangements were completed for the bonds that will help pay for the 37,000-seat stadium, crews arrived at the former Orange Bowl site in Miami to begin preparations for the project.
All-Star rosters grow
Baseball is expanding All-Star rosters again.
Each league will have 33 players for the July 14 game at St. Louis, with an extra pitcher added to bring the total to 13. The commissioner’s office said the extra spot will be a manager’s choice.
Rosters were expanded from 30 to 32 after 2002’s 7-7, 11-inning tie in Milwaukee, when both leagues ran out of pitchers.
Clearing the bases
Minnesota catcher Mike Redmond (Gonzaga University) left the game against Kansas City in the fifth inning after getting hit in the right forearm by a foul tip. X-rays were negative. … Baltimore pitcher Koji Uehara will be sidelined roughly two months after an examination of his ailing right elbow revealed a partial tear of the flexor tendon. … A federal judge in Houston has rejected Roger Clemens’ bid to revive some of his defamation claims against Brian McNamee, clearing the way for the former trainer to file his own suit against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. … Shortstop Mike Aviles, Kansas City’s player of the year last season, will undergo Tommy John surgery and be sidelined for up to 12 months. … Kansas City catcher Miguel Olivo has been suspended for one game for an animated argument with an umpire in Pittsburgh last Saturday.
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