When the Arizona Diamondbacks break Spring Training in 2015, left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin won’t be with them. According to Adam Lichtenstein at mlb.com, Corbin will most likely miss the first two months of the season as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. Said the 2013 All-Star:
“I figured [I would] probably miss a month or so of next season,” Corbin said.
Corbin had TJ surgery on March 25th so a return in June would make sense. Recovery time could anywhere from 12 to 18 months. However, it would be unwise to expect a return to All-Star form right away. At that point, it will have been 20 months since he had last pitched in a Major League game. The Corbin we saw and fell in love with in 2013 will probably not make an appearance until the end of July. With him sidelined for a good portion for the first half, there will be a young D’back hurler or two to hold the fort until he returns. Guys like Archie Bradley and Aaron Blair could be making their Major League debuts in Corbin’s absence.
We hope Patrick Corbin continues his progress from this devastating injury and look forward to his return next year.