Assuming all goes well today with a light day of throwing, Brandon Webb will return to the mound for a bullpen session Sunday. The right-hander has been on a throwing program for nine days and said that he is better off for it.
"I can definitely see a huge difference," said Webb, who threw a bullpen session Feb. 17. "I gained a lot out of the week, for sure."
Webb said that he had prepared over the off-season as he usually does and thought he was ready to go. But he can throw up to only 135 feet indoors at the facility he uses in Kentucky. He has thrown up to 200 feet here, and he said he's throwing as hard as he can without any difficulties or discomfort.
"I'm ready to go," he said. "I had a good week, a real good week."
Pitching coach Mike Maddux has orchestrated a six-man rotation with two starters paired up each day. The only gap in the system is the third tandem, which was initially designed for Webb and Matt Harrison. As it stands now, it's Harrison and an open spot.
The pairings are: C.J. Wilson-Dave Bush, Colby Lewis-Michael Kirkman, Matt Harrison-open, Tommy Hunter-Alexi Ogando, Derek Holland-Neftali Feliz, Eric Hurley-Tanner Scheppers.
David Murphy and Michael Young are back in camp today after missing time this week. Murphy returned home for the birth of his son, and Young left camp to tend to a family matter.
-- Jeff Wilson