Injury Concern Caused D’Backs To Pull Webb Offer

FRIDAY: MLB.com's Steve Gilbert learned that Webb met with Dr. James Andrews in December:

For the first time, Webb revealed in an interview with MLB.com that he saw noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews and that Andrews told him as long as he continues his strengthening program he was at no greater risk than any other pitcher of developing a shoulder problem.   

Andrews told Webb that he had just normal pitching wear and tear on his shoulder.  Over at The Arizona Republic, Nick Piecoro weighs in.

THURSDAY: Why did the Diamondbacks pull their three-year, $54MM offer to Brandon Webb in June?  According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

Webb passed a team physical, sources say, but insurance companies use a higher standard when assessing risk. Multiple companies raised concerns, creating a "red flag" for the Diamondbacks, sources say. The contract was contingent on the club securing an appropriate insurance policy for the pitcher.

Webb is currently fighting through shoulder stiffness.  One source told Rosenthal that "Webb, despite the insurance companies' concerns, might pitch 10 more seasons without injury."

Rosenthal's article does not say it, but this situation seems to be shaping up for a future trade.  The D'Backs have Webb at $6.5MM this year as well as a cheap $8.5MM option for '10.  The contract does not appear to have no-trade restrictions.


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