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Shoulder Stiffness Sidelines Webb

Arizona ace Brandon Webb will miss his next start due to shoulder stiffness.

Webb was far from his usual dominant self in his Opening Day start, giving up six runs on six hits, including two home runs.

Webb said the shoulder began to bother him on Monday in the fourth inning (Webb's last) of the Diamondbacks' 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies.

So far the treatment seems to be just rest as Arizona would rather be proactive in protecting their best pitcher so Webb will not be allowed to throw for the next couple of days.

Webb won the NL Cy Young in 2006 and started off last season by winning his first nine starts and finishing with a 22-7 mark for Webb's highest win total of his career but finished second in Cy Young voting behind San Francisco's Tim Lincecum.

In place of the sinkerballer, the Diamondbacks will start Yusmeiro Petit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Petit, for his career, is 7-10 with a 5.41 ERA in three seasons with Florida and Arizona.

By CJ Holley  |  April 8, 2009; 3:57 PM ET
Categories:  Diamondbacks  
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Good news is that they have another ace in Dan Haren so they shouldn't be hurt too bad unless Webb has to miss multiple starts.

Posted by: adampschroeder | April 8, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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