What originally was thought to be forearm stiffness has turned out to be much worse. Patrick Corbin was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow according to mlb.com’s John Schlegel. Needless to say Corbin, who was scheduled to start the first game of the season, will not be making the trip to Australia with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wade Miley will be heading out with the team although it has not been established that he will be making the start.
Corbin will be seeking a second opinion on the injury, one that usually leads to Tommy John surgery. An MRI taken last night revealed the ligament damage but so far, no course of action has been discussed. The UCL is the same injury that has kept Daniel Hudson from taking a Major League mound since 2012, although it should be pointed out that he endured a setback during the rehab process. At this point, it would be wise to expect that Corbin will be out for all of 2014 but hope for the best.
What once was a team strength has turned into quite the question mark. It appears as though the depth of the D’back starting pitching will come in handy during the upcoming season. If you assume both Corbin and Bronson Arroyo are out for any extended period of time, both Archie Bradley and Randall Delgado will end up starting the season in the rotation. And it means that a promising career has come to a screeching halt.