Brandon Webb has undergone two MRI exams since canceling a bullpen session last Friday after a setback with his injured shoulder and manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday that "it's hard to say" if Arizona's ace will pitch again this season. "The priorities have shifted to making sure we know everything about his health, about what's causing his pain," Hinch said. "Pitching in 2009 is a distant second."
Webb hasn't pitched since a rough Opening Day outing and has struggled dating back to last August, which has the Diamondbacks very concerned given that he's made no progress in three months on the sidelines with what was initially termed a muscle injury. There's now speculation that he'll need surgery to repair tears in his tendon or ligament, but there's no real use guessing without the MRI results.
While the Diamondbacks' season keeps going from bad to worse, here are some other notes from around baseball …
* Joey Votto came off the disabled list Tuesday and revealed that his month-long absence was due to depression following the death of his father last year. "There were nights that I couldn't be alone," Votto said. "The very first night I was alone was when I went to the hospital. I couldn't take it. It just got to the point where I felt I was going to die, really."
Votto described how panic attacks led him to seek medical help and caused him to be removed from several games, which makes his batting .357/.464/.627 in 38 games all the more amazing. Obviously the Reds and Votto's fantasy owners will be keeping close tabs on him going forward, and he hopped back into the lineup Tuesday night by going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts while batting third.
* Plans for Kelvim Escobar to replace Scot Shields in the Angels' bullpen took a hit Monday when he had a "pinching sensation" in his injured right shoulder while playing catch. He met Tuesday with Dr. Lewis Yocum and said afterward: "I think I need to slow down. I expected to feel a lot better, but sometimes it takes time." Escobar's uncertain status may lead to the Angels pursuing relief help via trade.
* San Diego activated Scott Hairston from the disabled list Tuesday and cleared room for him by placing Brian Giles on the shelf with a knee injury. Whether knee issues are to blame for Giles' abysmal .191/.277/.271 line is unclear, but sending him to the DL is the easiest way to clear the Padres' outfield logjam that includes Hairston, Tony Gwynn Jr., Chase Headley, and recent call-up Kyle Blanks.
AL Quick Hits: Roy Halladay (groin) tossed a bullpen session Tuesday and is on track to rejoin the rotation next week … Magglio Ordonez was back in the lineup Tuesday after a brief benching … Chien-Ming Wang pitched fairly well Tuesday while giving up three runs in five innings, but still fell to 0-6 … Alex Gordon (hip) is expected to begin a rehab stint next week … Josh Outman (elbow) is slated to undergo an MRI exam Wednesday and won't be able to throw for at least a few days … Asdrubal Cabrera (shoulder) reportedly could come off the disabled list as soon as Thursday … Ryan Raburn blasted a walk-off homer as a pinch-hitter Tuesday as Kevin Gregg blew his third save … Jason Kubel remained out of the lineup Tuesday with flu-like symptoms … Scott Kazmir (quad) said Tuesday that he's ready to rejoin the rotation after one rehab start and hours later David Price was rocked for 10 runs in a World Series rematch against the Phillies.
NL Quick Hits: Joel Pineiro tossed a complete-game shutout Tuesday, giving up just two hits to the Mets … Ryan Howard (flu) started at designated hitter and hit an RBI double Tuesday … Jonathan Broxton picked up a one-out save Tuesday when Hiroki Kuroda couldn't quite finish the game … Derrek Lee went 2-for-3 with a double Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to 20 games … Dave Bush is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a small tear in his biceps … Aramis Ramirez (shoulder) is scheduled to take batting practice Friday … Miguel Montero will be Arizona's main catcher with Chris Snyder (back) put on the disabled list Tuesday and Chris Young (groin) may soon be joining him … Tommy Hanson struggled with his control Tuesday, but improved to 3-0 by shutting out the Yankees for 5.1 innings … Raul Ibanez (groin) took batting practice Tuesday and hopes to come off the DL when eligible next week.