August 3, 2009 / 4:20 AM / 10 years ago

Arizona's Webb opts for shoulder surgery

Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Webb delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of their Major League Baseball game in Phoenix, Arizona, April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon Webb will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Monday, attempting to repair problems that have limited him to just one game this season.

"We support his decision to have surgery," Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes told the team website ( com) on Sunday.

“Obviously, we exhausted every other course of treatment.”

Webb, who won the National League Cy Young Award in 2006, has not pitched since April’s Opening Day and the 30-year-old experienced discomfort in his right shoulder recently when he began throwing after a long layoff.

After consulting with Texas Rangers team physician Keith Meister, the right-hander opted to have surgery but will not know how long his recovery is expected to take until after the operation.

Webb went 22-7 last season but has appeared in only one game this year. He gave up six runs and six hits, including two home runs, over four innings in that starting assignment on April 6.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by John O'Brien

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