If you are one of those Rangers fans that thought Brandon Webb would come in this season and help replace the loss of Cliff Lee in the starting rotation, you can officially sound the alarm.
Webb, the 2006 NL Cy Young winner with Arizona, was removed from his rehab assignment after suffering shoulder pain following a throwing session and being diagnosed with shoulder inflammation in the same right shoulder that he had surgery on, causing him to miss more than two full seasons now.
Hopefully, for your sake, you were one of the more realistic Rangers fans that knows Webb was a huge gamble, and one worth taking with just a one-year contract for only $3 million guaranteed and a huge chunk of change up for grabs on an incentive basis, which at this point, Webb will not likely not meet.
All along we've been saying the Rangers would be thrilled if he were ready to go by the All-Star break, but this latest setback is a tough blow. It is just a setback, nothing more, but it has to be hard on his confidence and it has to be frustrating for someone who's trying to make a return and finally gets to the point where he can make a rehab start only to be pulled off his rehab assignment soon thereafter.
Webb struggled through a start in Frisco where his velocity couldn't even breach the mid-80s and he had control issues.
At this point, Webb is someone who shouldn't be counted on to even make an appearance this year, and anything else would be gravy.