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Orioles' Ryan Webb says he should be ready for spring training

Right-hander Ryan Webb, who will turn 29 next month, had surgery to tighten a capsule in his nonthrowing shoulder shortly after the season ended, and the Orioles wanted to examine his recovery.

Orioles right-hander Ryan Webb was a last-minute addition to this week's minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.

Webb, who will turn 29 next month, had surgery to tighten a capsule in his nonthrowing shoulder shortly after the season ended, and the Orioles wanted to examine his recovery.

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"They decided they wanted to see him out here after the left shoulder surgery — had been some concern over range of motion, but he's gotten that back and should be OK," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "That's why he's here."

Webb said he's still regaining strength in the shoulder, but is confident that he will be 100 percent by spring training.

"I feel great," Webb said. "Should be 100 percent ready to go for spring training. I'm just hammering the rehab process right now, trying to get that strength back. I had that capsule just tightened a little bit.

"It becomes stiff, and now I'm stretching it out, and I'm at the point where I'm doing strengthening stuff right now."

Webb began throwing Jan. 1, which he said is when he usually starts preparing for spring training.

"My range of motion has actually improved significantly the last couple of weeks, so by spring training I should be able to have full range of motion and will be catching balls over my head and stuff like that," Webb said. "I played catch out there today and was fine, so I should be good to go."

Webb, who signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal before last season, said the injury didn't hamper him last year. But he said he dealt with soreness over the season that he usually ignored because it wasn't in his throwing shoulder.

"Over the course of last year, there were a few times working out where I had to kind of stop my workout and stuff like that," Webb said. "If anything, it should help me having it tightened to not be flying open mechanically and getting way out there and stuff like that. I wouldn't say it was an issue last year at all."

Webb had a 2.48 ERA through the season's first three months, but he hit a rocky patch in July — he had an 11.37 ERA in seven appearances that month — and found himself in Triple-A Norfolk at the beginning of August. He returned when rosters expanded in September.

"At the end of the year I got with [bullpen coach] Dom [Chiti] and [pitching coach Dave Wallace] and talked about some things we want to work on for this season," Webb said. "Being quick to the plate and a close, compact delivery and stuff like that.

"I've worked really hard on that in the offseason, and I'm excited to work with them again in spring training and keep that going. Hopefully make those adjustments and start off strong and keep it going this year."

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