LOS ANGELES – Arizona Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb said over the weekend that he hoped to accelerate his timetable to return to the rotation, but he said Tuesday he doesn’t expect that to happen.
Webb is not expected to begin playing catch for another 10 days or so and even if all goes well he likely will not return to the rotation until at least the first week of June.
The right-hander was feeling so good he was hoping to throw sooner.
“We’re probably going to end up riding it out and making sure that it’s totally gone,” he said.
Webb said he spoke Monday with teammate Tom Gordon, who went through a similar shoulder problem in 2001.
“He said he was doing what I am doing,” Webb said. “He said that once it was gone and he started throwing, it wasn’t an issue anymore. That was encouraging.
“He said don’t push it, and everybody I’ve talked to has said that, too.”
Pirates’ Capps ailing
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Pirates closer Matt Capps expects to be sidelined until this weekend because of irritation in his right elbow, a problem that apparently developed during two successive poor outings.
No ligament or other structural damage was found during an examination of Capps’ elbow on Tuesday.
Capps converted his first five save opportunities before he failed to hold a one-run lead Monday against Milwaukee. He also allowed two runs on five hits in a non-save situation Saturday against the Reds.
Despite Capps’ ineffectiveness, the Pirates are encouraged because he threw his fastball in the mid-90s mph range each night.
“The velocity was still there,” manager John Russell said. “That’s a good sign.”
Griffey still injured
SEATTLE – Ken Griffey Jr. was out of the Mariners’ lineup for the third consecutive day. Yet his surprising, first-place team was still feeling his unmistakable presence.
Actually, they were wearing it.
Seattle’s 39-year-old slugger arrived Tuesday morning before the series finale against the Texas Rangers still bothered by the flare-up of a colon condition called diverticulitis that was initially diagnosed in late 2006.
Griffey said while sitting out Monday that it feels like someone kicked him in the side, but the pain usually clears up within a couple of days.
Manager Don Wakamatsu thinks Griffey will start of the first time since Saturday when the Mariners play at Kansas City on Wednesday night.