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Brandon Webb has shoulder surgery

Edinson Volquez wasn't the only NL starter put on the shelf in the past couple of days:

Arizona Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb had shoulder surgery Monday, putting an end to a difficult season for the usually durable right-hander . . . "They did a cleanup of his shoulder, didn't have to repair anything, and it sounds like it was good news for us," Hinch said before the Diamondbacks' 6-5 victory over the New York Mets. "We're anxious to get him on his rehab trail."

Hinch said Webb should be able to play catch in three to four months. Webb's agent, Jonathan Maurer, said in a text message that his client will start throwing in October.

You'll recall that, a month ago, Webb and the Dbacks were singing a different tune. Given the couple-of-months-to-rehab time frame -- and the size of the hole Arizona had to dig out of -- it probably didn't make a difference.

The article says "The surgery complicates Arizona's decision on whether to exercise its $8.5 million club option for Webb for 2010 or pay a $2 million buyout and allow him to become eligible for free agency." I don't know that it's so complicated. It would be one thing if this was Tommy John surgery or something, but if he's throwing by October, he's pitching by April, and I don't know how you don't take an $6.5 million chance (the contract - the forgone buyout) that Brandon Webb will be Brandon Webb again.