Arizona Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb had another setback Thursday in his ailing throwing shoulder. Webb will now have to fly back to Phoenix to have his shoulder re-examined to see if any additional damage has occurred.
Webb, a former CY Young award-winning pitcher, won 22-games for the Diamondbacks last year. In 2009 Webb has made only one start before being placed on the disabled list April 13 with a sore shoulder.
The Diamondbacks are currently in last place in the NL West, 15 games behind the Dodgers. Webb, who turned 30 this year, is a critical piece to the Diamondbacks long-term success; so don't be surprised if Webb is shut down for a substantial part of the season. In a division like the NL West were teams go from worst to first in any given year, there is no reason for the Diamondbacks to risk his long term health for a failing season.