Brandon Webb knows way too much about rushing things. Even so, he wants to start the season in the Texas Rangers' rotation.
The former NL Cy Young winner, who hasn't pitched in the majors since the 2009 opener for Arizona because of shoulder surgery, threw an eight-minute bullpen session Thursday when Texas pitchers and catchers held their first workout of spring training.
"Everything's pointing to getting started at the beginning of the year and that's my No. 1 goal," Webb said. "(The Rangers) are not so set on that. They want to make sure I'm there at the end."
General Manager Jon Daniels said Webb has been medically cleared and is on pretty much the same program as the rest of the pitchers.
The Rangers signed the former Ashland Blazer and Kentucky standout to a $3 million, one-year deal with the chance to earn $5 million more in bonuses.
Around the majors
Nationals: Former No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg said he "felt really good" after doing some light tossing and fielding drills in his first spring workout since undergoing ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow last September. It's not clear whether he will pitch this season. Manager Jim Riggleman said the team is approaching Strasburg's rehab with caution and hasn't entertained thoughts about the 22-year-old not being able to return to his breakout form of 2010.
Tigers: Star Miguel Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving in Florida, leaving teammates stunned and concerned about the slugging first baseman less than a week into spring training.
The 27-year-old Cabrera has struggled with drinking-related problems in the past, but he's coming off a season in which he hit .328 with 38 home runs. Cabrera is "very embarrassed" and plans to apologize to his teammates and the Tigers organization when he reports to camp Saturday, a person familiar with the situation said.
Cardinals: Three-time MVP Albert Pujols showed up for his first spring workout, one day after he and the team failed to reach an agreement on a new contract by a deadline Pujols imposed. Pujols, who has career averages of .331, 41 homers and 123 RBI, said he wants to be "a Cardinal forever."
Athletics: Oft-injured right-hander Rich Harden is expected to miss two weeks of spring training after experiencing stiffness in the lat muscle below his pitching arm when he tried to throw Tuesday.
Mets: General Manager Sandy Alderson said the team hopes to have two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana back in the rotation by late June. Santana's 2010 season was cut short by surgery on his left shoulder in mid-September.