- Associated Press - Thursday, February 24, 2011

SURPRISE, ARIZ. (AP) - Brandon Webb is making progress for the Texas Rangers.

Manager Ron Washington says Webb threw 60-65 pitches off flat ground during a 17-minute session Thursday, and that the “ball was coming out of his hand real good.”

The Rangers decided they wanted the right-hander to build up arm strength before getting back on a mound after his short bullpen session during the first workout a week ago. The former NL Cy Young Award winner hasn’t pitched in a major league game since the 2009 opener for Arizona because of shoulder surgery.

Washington says Webb’s arm strength “is certainly picking up” and that he could throw off a mound Sunday or Monday “if everything keeps progressing.” Webb is set to throw again Friday.

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