Webb might start on DL

Big knock: Oakland’s Gabe Gross hits a go-ahead two-run triple during the seventh inning of a 7-3 win over Milwaukee. Gross, with the Rays from 2008-09, signed with Oakland last month.

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Big knock: Oakland’s Gabe Gross hits a go-ahead two-run triple during the seventh inning of a 7-3 win over Milwaukee. Gross, with the Rays from 2008-09, signed with Oakland last month.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona manager A.J. Hinch says there's an increasing chance pitcher Brandon Webb will start the season on the disabled list.

The right-hander has reached what Hinch called a plateau in his comeback from surgery on his right shoulder. He has not thrown a bullpen session for a week after saying he felt stagnant and was not making the progress he expected.

Since then, the 2006 Cy Young Award winner has only played catch.

Hinch said Thursday that Webb felt the best he has all camp after Wednesday's throwing session and a flat-ground bullpen outing could be scheduled soon. But Webb didn't throw Thursday. He hopes to throw on flat ground today, and Hinch hopes he can resume bullpen sessions after that.

"It's getting fairly obvious that it's going to be difficult to get him ready for the season," Hinch said. "But I don't think we're to that date quite yet."

Hinch still expects Webb, likely the No. 3 starter, to pitch in a game during spring training.

"Just because he's delayed and we had to take a little bit of a stop doesn't mean he's shut down," the manager said. "He's throwing. You never know when it's going to click for him and he's going to feel better. This might be all he needed was a couple of days' breather."

Mets shortstop to rest

NEW YORK — Mets All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes has been told to refrain from athletic activity for two to eight weeks until his thyroid levels normalize.

"It doesn't look good right now," general manager Omar Minaya said of Reyes' chance of being on the field on opening day. "We will have to prepare for that."

Reyes has been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid, and his levels were elevated after he exercised Monday and Tuesday. The cause hasn't been determined.

"It's a completely treatable, curable situation," Reyes' agent, Peter Greenberg, said.

Sore Giles retires

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Saying the pain in his arthritic right knee is getting worse, outfielder Brian Giles retired. Giles, 39, who signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in the offseason, is a career .291 hitter with 287 homers and 1,078 RBIs over 15 seasons.

He had a career-high 39 homers for the Pirates in 1999 and a career-high 123 RBIs in 2000. But his deteriorating knee limited him to 61 games with the Padres last year. The two-time All-Star started his career with the Indians.

"Obviously, I want to play and feel I can play. But physically I'm not able to do what I expect myself to do," Giles said. "I'm just thankful to … the Dodgers organization for giving me the opportunity to come out and prove that I'm not up to par for myself."

Helton extension: First baseman Todd Helton and the Rockies agreed to $9.9 million, two-year extension through 2013. Helton, who will earn $16.6 million this year, agreed to defer $13.1 million of his $19.1 million salary in 2011 over 10 years beginning in 2014. Previously, Colorado had a $23 million option for 2012 with a $4.6 million buyout as part of the $141.5 million, nine-year contract that began in 2003. Instead, he will receive $4.9 million in 2012.

More Rockies: LHP Jimmy Gobble strained his left groin while facing his fourth batter and left the game against the Rangers. The reliever's status hasn't been determined.

Braves: RHP Jair Jurrjens, whose scheduled start was rained out, now will make his spring debut today. Sideline by a sore shoulder, he will pitch the first two innings. Today's previously scheduled starter, Tommy Hanson, will follow.

Cardinals: First baseman Albert Pujols (back stiffness) hopes to play this weekend. Also, outfielder Matt Holliday (sore right rib cage) is out at least until Monday.

Nationals: Veteran left-handers Eddie Guardado and Shawn Estes were released. Guardado, who has 187 saves over 17 seasons, allowed four runs in two innings over two appearances. Estes, 101-93 over 13 seasons, allowed two runs in an inning in his only appearance.

Twins: Catcher Joe Mauer will miss today's game vs. the Mets after fouling a pitch off his right shoulder. Manager Ron Gardenhire said it's only precautionary and he expects last year's MVP, who had hits in his first two at-bats, to be fine. Also, bench coach Steve Liddle was hospitalized because of chest pains. There was no report on his status.

Webb might start on DL 03/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 12:08am]

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