"It was awesome, exciting," Corbin said on Tuesday to MLB.com. "I woke up this morning and it felt like it was my first start of the season. Tomorrow it will be one year from surgery, so just a great feeling to get back out there. I wasn't really nervous because I knew my elbow felt great from all the work that we've been doing this past year. Just super excited to get on the mound and be able to throw again."
Hernandez is expected to be back before Corbin and was able to throw without worrying about his elbow.
"To be honest with you, I didn't think about it at all when I started throwing," Hernandez said. "It's kind of on the back burner. I just kind of felt like it was my first bullpen in Spring Training. Next is your next bullpen, and then you'll face batters and then you'll be in games. That's the way I'm looking at it."
Corbin is recovering from Tommy John surgery, and is already in Arizona at the team's spring training facility. He was actually able to play catch at the end of last season, but decided to take two months off during the offseason. He started throwing again in January.
"When I first started throwing, it wasn't feeling the best, there was just different things in there," Corbin said. "But after I took those two months off, when I started up again, everything felt great. Now when I throw, it feels good."
The typical recovery from Tommy John is about 12 months, but the Diamondbacks will take things slower after seeing pitcher Daniel Hudson re-tear his UCL after trying to return too quickly from the surgery.
Corbin will continue to participate in a throwing program until he's able to comfortably throw from 150 feet. At that point, he'll be able to start throwing flat ground bullpen sessions. Corbin said he's probably looking at a June return, but could push to move quickly once he gets back on a mound. "Everybody is telling me that they're going to take it slow and it will be somewhere around June," he said. "We'll just see how it starts going when I actually get back on a mound."
Chip Hale has announced that
"He'd probably punch me if he heard me saying that, but you're really going to take your time and make sure he's ready to go," Kirk Gibson said. "You're not going to expect him to come back and throw 220 innings. You kind of manage his rehab through innings and put him in position to finish strong. ... We're going to make sure we err on the side of very cautious."
Corbin emerged as a standout in 2013 with a 14-8 record, 3.41 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 208 1/3 innings.
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