Bad news for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Left-handed ace Patrick Corbin underwent a sucessful Tommy John proceduere to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. Although the surgery ensures he will miss the entire 2014 (and possibly a portion of the 2015) season, it also allows him to begin the long road to recovery. With team manager Kirk Gibson also sidelined due to surgery, bench coach Alan Trammel spoke on Corbin’s situation while handling the team’s duties at Salt River Fields:
“It’s a long road back, but I’m certain (Corbin will) do everything in his power, It’s obviously a setback for him and for us” he said. “Every time these things happen, it’s an opportunity for somebody to step up,” hopefully that happens here. That’s oftentimes how careers are started.”
Corbin was injured on March 15th in a Cactus League start and was advised from the start that he’d probably need reconstructive surgery, but wanted to get a second opinion. The overall remedy decided was obviously to get the surgery and shut it down for the year.
The MLB is in a good position right now in terms of talented young pitchers scattered around the league. Hopefully, one of it’s best is able to return to the level of play he was exibiting before the injury.