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Brandon Webb already behind schedule

Well, it is looking unlikely Brandon Webb will be in the Rangers' Opening Day rotation.

T.R. Sullivan has some notes up from today, which includes the news that Webb will throwing off of flat ground for now, rather than throwing off the mound.

This apparently puts him about a week behind, and while this isn't exactly fatal, given that Webb hasn't pitched since Opening Day, 2009, and is coming off shoulder surgeries, I'm guessing the Rangers will take it slow with him and put him on the disabled list to start the season, much like they did with Eric Gagne in 2007.

That means that you're going to have Derek Holland, Michael Kirkman, Dave Bush, Seth McClung, and perhaps Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando vying for two spots in the rotation.  That assumes, of course, that Colby Lewis, C.J. Wilson, and Tommy Hunter make it through spring training unscathed...if one of them goes down, then the Ranger rotation situation to start the season is going to be looking even more problematic.

With Omar Beltre and Scott Feldman already on the shelf for year's beginning, and with Brandon Webb now looking questionable, the team's starting pitching depth is going to be tested right off the bat this year.

On a separate note, Sullivan mentions that Michael Young will be working at first base, second base, and third base this spring, but not shortstop.  This is worth noting primarily because there's been some speculation that Young would get 80 or so ABs backing up Elvis Andrus, and that Young's ability to do so would mean the team wouldn't have to have another utility infielder.  However, Sullivan says that Andres Blanco is the team's backup shortstop.