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According to both Melvin and Webb, the reason he was removed after throwing just 58 pitches was not because he was injured.
"He felt it a little bit, but at that point, the way we had been riding him, I didn't want to run him out there for two more innings and get his pitch count up," Melvin said. "And innings-wise, he's pitched quite a bit for us. Just wanted to give him a little blow."
"I think it'll be all right tomorrow," Webb said. "It'll be a little bit sore. It just kind of skimmed off my side or hip or whatever. It hurt as soon as it did it, but it kind of subsided pretty quickly. [Melvin] came up to me and said, 'I just want to give you a breather, a quick game.'"
Webb did say that since his start May 26 against the Braves, he's noticed his velocity fluctuating.
"Even in the last couple of games, it's been down a little bit, but periodically it seems like it would come back," said Webb. "I don't know. My arm feels fine. My arm feels great. It was a good time to give me a little bit of a rest, and hopefully next time, come out and be ready to go eight or nine again. It doesn't hurt. Maybe a dead-arm period or something like that. Everything feels good."
Brandon Webb has experienced decreased velocity recently and said Wednesday that he may be going through a "dead arm" period.
Webb was pulled from his start Wednesday after just five innings, with manager Bob Melvin saying afterward that he "just wanted to give him a little blow." Webb's fastball was clocked at 85-89 mph Wednesday and his next scheduled start will come Tuesday against the A's.
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