APRIL 8, 2009
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb will skip
his next start because of shoulder stiffness.
Manager Bob Melvin says Yusmeiro Petit will take Webb's
scheduled start Saturday night at home against the Los Angeles
Dodgers. Webb will not throw at all for two days.
Webb, whose 22 victories led by National League last season,
experienced stiffness in his shoulder during Arizona's 9-8 opening
day victory over the Rockies.
The 2006 NL Cy Young winner blamed problems with his arm angle,
resulting in a diminished sinking fastball, for his poor outing.
The right-hander allowed six runs on six hits, including two
homers, in four innings.
Melvin says Wednesday that "this isn't something you can mess
around with" and they will "try to be proactive on this one."
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