SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When his elbow began bothering him early in camp, Matt Gorgen hoped for the best.
Instead, the right-handed reliever got the news no pitcher wants to hear, when he was told on Friday that he would need Tommy John surgery.
That means that Gorgen will miss the entire 2011 season, as the typical recovery time for the procedure is at least 12 months.
"It's a tough break, but I'll just rehab and get ready for next year," Gorgen said. "Hopefully, by this time next year, I'll be throwing again and getting ready to compete for Spring Training."
Gorgen began to feel tightness in his forearm following his outing last Wednesday against the Mariners in which he walked two, gave up a hit and a pair of runs in one inning of work.
"I just didn't have my control," he said. "I didn't get a feel for pitches, and it just really tightened up afterwards."
Gorgen was acquired by the D-backs from the Rays in exchange for Chad Qualls prior to last year's trading deadline. The surgery will likely be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum, and Gorgen said the hope is to have it done next week.
"Obviously, not the way I wanted to begin my career here," Gorgen said.
Gorgen was 3-2 with a 1.65 ERA for Double-A Montgomery last year, and over his Minor League career he is 11-4 with a 1.45 ERA in 108 games.
Webb pays a visit to D-backs' clubhouse
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brandon Webb walking through the D-backs' clubhouse is not an unfamiliar sight.
However, Webb walking through the D-backs' clubhouse wearing a Rangers uniform is another story.
Webb went through a session of long toss on a back diamond at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Saturday before his new team, the Rangers, played the D-backs.
"The main field looks nice, but the practice fields and the stuff over here are ridiculous," he said after walking out of the team's two-story weight room. "I haven't seen a big league clubhouse as nice as this one. The weight room, the training room, it's all first class. It's unbelievable. This is awesome."
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Webb signed as a free agent in Texas after spending nearly 11 years in the D-backs' organization.
"It's different being in blue, but I really like it over there," he said. "The guys seem real good, the team is going to be good, so that helps. I like it, I like it a lot. I'm happy with how things worked out. It took me maybe a week, week-and-a-half to get comfortable, and it's great now. The guys are great to be around."
Webb has not pitched in a Major League game since Opening Day 2009 due to shoulder issues, but says he is feeling good and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday.
"I've got no issues right now, so it's good days," he said.