D-Backs' Patrick Corbin has damaged UCL, might undergo Tommy John

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

It appears that Patrick Corbin won't be doing this for quite a while. (USATSI)
It appears that Patrick Corbin won't be doing this for quite a while. (USATSI)

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As noted in this space, Diamondbacks lefty and scheduled opening day starter Patrick Corbin was forced to leave Saturday's game with forearm stiffness. Now, the news gets worse:

Damage to the UCL, of course, most often results in Tommy John surgery. If that's the case, then Corbin will miss the entirety of the 2014 season. Elsewhere, Piecoro writes that it indeed "appears he [Corbin] could be headed toward season-ending Tommy John surgery." Even if that doesn't come to pass, Corbin is still looking at a lengthy absence.

On Sunday, Corbin addressed the media. Here's one excerpt:

Anecdotally, it seems the rehab route does nothing but delay the inevitable surgical procedure, but Corbin is of course wise to weigh his options here in the early going.

Corbin, 24, is coming off a 2013 season in which he pitched to a 3.41 ERA (112 ERA+) and 3.30 K/BB ratio in 208 1/3 innings of work and made the All-Star team. Suffice it to say, this figures to be a big blow for a team with designs on contention in 2014.

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