You might as well call this the start of the season. Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Webb threw off a mound today for the first time since his shoulder surgery at the end of last season.
The good news is all seems to have gone fine for the right-handed ace of the starting rotation, at least according to the Dbacks in an official statement release this afternoon. Starting pitcher Dan Haren also confirmed that on KTAR Sports 620 just less than an hour ago in a phone interview as well.
It’s important both to Webb personally and to the organization as a whole that Webb regain his 2006 and 2007 seasons form. The Diamondbacks will need to rely on a healthy Webb in addition to Haren. Haren needs someone else to help with the added pressure of being an ace. As we saw last season at times, it seemed as if Haren was trying to carry the burden of being the savior all by himself, which I also believe hurt himself and the team in August and September while the Dbacks were still barely alive in the wild-card race.
It should be interesting to see what lasting effects his session had today, but if initial results indicate anything, it could end up being a better season already.