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MLB notes: Webb has pain in shoulder, likely done

This is a 2011 photo of Brandon Webb of the Texas Rangers baseball team. This image reflects the Texas Rangers' active roster as of Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 when this photo was taken in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
This is a 2011 photo of Brandon Webb of the Texas Rangers baseball team. This image reflects the Texas Rangers' active roster as of Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 when this photo was taken in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Brandon Webb probably will not pitch for the Texas Rangers this season after experiencing more pain in his surgically repaired right rotator cuff.

An MRI this week showed some changes in Webb's shoulder. Another surgery is one of the options being considered by the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner who starred at Ashland Blazer and the University of Kentucky.

Webb was scratched from a scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock on Friday night because of shoulder discomfort. "It hurts," Webb said at the time. "I was like, 'I can't get anybody out with this.' It takes all my velocity away. It takes all my life away."

Texas gave Webb a $3 million, one-year contract last winter with hopes that he might be able to join the rotation by midseason.

Webb hasn't pitched in the majors since the 2009 season opener for Arizona. Before that, he had pitched more than 200 innings in five consecutive seasons for the Diamondbacks.

Clemens trial gets under way

Roger Clemens' perjury trial opened Wednesday in Washington with both sides raising the prospect of calling a roster of former baseball stars as witnesses and the judge angrily criticizing Congress for withholding an audiotape of Clemens' deposition at the heart of the case.

Clemens is accused of lying under oath to the House Government Reform Committee in 2008 when he denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs during his record-setting career as a major-league pitcher. The trial began with an intensive jury-selection process expected to last into next week.

Prosecutors and the defense read the panel a list of people who might be called as witnesses or mentioned at the trial that included some of the biggest names in baseball, including those who have been at the center of the steroid scandal such as Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Jose Canseco.

The list also included baseball commissioner Bud Selig, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and several other officials and teammates from the four teams Clemens played for.

Short hops

■ Minnesota Manager Ron Gardenhire said he was planning to play Joe Mauer at first — for the first time in his major-league career — when the Twins play the White Sox in Chicago on Thursday.

■ Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun missed his fourth consecutive game Wednesday to have an MRI on a sore left calf that Milwaukee Manager Ron Roenicke attributes to the All-Star's attempt to rush back. Braun has a 22-game hitting streak and is batting .320 with 16 home runs, 62 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 83 games.

■ The Red Sox put left-hander Jon Lester on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his back. Also, slugger Adrian Gonzalez took his first game off after playing in the first 85 of the season. He told Manager Terry Francona he had a stiff neck.

■ Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta was activated from the DL after missing more than two weeks with a sprained ankle. LaPorta got hurt running the bases on June 17.

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