SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Brandon Webb goes mountain-climbing on Sunday for the first time in a while. Webb will resume throwing off a mound after spending the past 10 days on a long-toss program designed to build up arm strength. "How about that?" Webb said. "I'm ready to go. I had a good week, a real good week. I definitely see a huge difference. In a week's time frame, you don't know how much you can build up, but I see a huge difference. It seems to have worked."
Webb was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2006 with the Diamondbacks and a 22-game winner in 2008 before missing almost two complete seasons with a shoulder injury that required surgery on Aug. 3, 2009. Webb hasn't pitched in a Major League game since Opening Day of 2009. He was hoping to pitch last year, but rushed back too quickly and had constant setbacks. He pitched four innings over three outings in Instructional League in September before signing a one-year contract as a free agent with the Rangers. Webb was throwing off the mound back home in Kentucky before coming to camp and did so during the first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 17. But pitching coach Mike Maddux wasn't happy with his mechanics or arm strength. So the decision was made to limit Webb to flat-ground throwing and long toss until other issues could be worked out.
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