March 25th, 2014 will go down as a tough day for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization. All Star pitcher Patrick Corbin underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). The operation was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida according to Steve Gilbert at mlb.com. Recovery time usually takes between 12-18 months, a huge blow for a team with designs on the postseason.
At 24 years old and with a full recovery, there is still plenty of time for Corbin to embark on a successful career. Unfortunately, at least one season (and maybe a little more) will have to be spent rehabbing and recovering. As far as the team goes, Corbin’s rotation spot will be decided between Archie Bradley and Randall Delgado. At this point with Bradley’s control issues and Delgado’s penchant for surrendering the long ball, neither man seems equipped at the moment to duplicate Corbin’s 14 wins from 2013.
This isn’t the first time a UCL injury has sidelined a D’backs’ pitcher. Daniel Hudson suffered one in 2012 and hasn’t pitched in a Major League game since then. While we may see Huddy at some point this year, the odds are long as he had a second surgery. Hopefully, that won’t be the case for Corbin.
We wish Patrick Corbin a speedy recovery and hope to see him in early in 2015.