Brandon Webb is scheduled to pitch in front of a number of teams this week in hopes of mounting a comeback from the many shoulder issues that have plagued him the past few years, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Webb has not thrown a pitch in the majors since Opening Day of the 2009 season.
The former Cy Young winner was one of the best pitchers in baseball from 2005 to 2008. He threw more than 225 innings in each of those four seasons, never posting an ERA higher than 3.54. He won the Cy Young Award in 2006 and finished second in the voting in '07 and '08. But he left his 2009 Opening Day start for the Arizona Diamondbacks with a sore shoulder.
He has since undergone numerous surgeries, tried numerous comebacks and experienced numerous setbacks. He spent 2010 with the Diamondbacks, but failed to throw a pitch. He signed with the Texas Rangers for the 2011 season but, again, his shoulder did not cooperate. He did not sign with a major league team in 2012.
There is plenty of interest in Webb, as Heyman notes that "several" teams will be watching. Webb will be 34 in May and has not thrown a pitch in a major-league game in nearly four years.
If he can show even a glimmer of that electric sinkerball he once had, he will likely get an invitation to spring training.