Monday, April 18, 2011

Could Brandon Webb be the Answer to the Rangers Bullpen Woes?

The Texas Rangers need an answer to their struggling bullpen, especially in the eighth inning which has plagued them in back-to-back series losses against the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.

At this point, manager Ron Washington is counting on guys like Arthur Rhodes, Pedro Strop, and Darren Oliver, but none of the three have the full confidence of the team to be able to hand the ball off to closer Neftali Feliz without coughing up the lead.

Other relievers Mark Lowe and Darren O'Day are also not options so it's leaving the Rangers short on options as to who they can turn to. At this point it's been by committee.

But there could be a light at the end of the tunnel and an answer to the team's woes. They won't have to make a trade because he's already wearing a Rangers' uniform and could come off the disabled list in the next month or possibly two.

Brandon Webb told's T.R. Sullivan that although he would rather be a starter he would take a job in the bullpen if it meant getting back on the mound. "I would rather start, but if it's a chance to pitch, I'd do it," Webb told Sullivan. "Whenever I'm ready to go, we'll re-evaluate it then and where I fit. I don't make that call."

Webb is a former Cy Young Award winning pitcher as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks but hasn't been able to stay healthy for the past two seasons.

While he may not be the kind of pitcher he once was, the Rangers could definitely use someone with veteran presence and a name everyone knows come out of that bullpen to give them at least a little bit of a lift.

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