Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin appeared on the Bickley and Marrota show today on Arizona Sports 98.7 F.M. at Salt River Fields.
He talked about his recovery from Tommy John Surgery, the process that he went through, and when he could possibly be back.
I think the thing that excites Diamondbacks fans is that he is feeling great mentally and physically:
“I honestly feel great right now,” he told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday.
Corbin and reliever David Herandez were injured around the same time last year, and Corbin said that he and David are doing the same throwing program:
“We’re back to 120 feet right now. It’s taken a long time, the process is really slow, but my arm feels great.”
Corbin really wants to speed up the process, but he know he has to be cautious. He doesn’t know the timetable for a possible return, but he thinks he is close to getting back on the mound.
“I actually feel like I want to push it a little bit more every day, but we have to take our time and just go through the progression. We’re getting close to getting back on a mound again, so that feels great.”
When he does finally get back on the mound, Corbin doesn’t think he will have any mental setbacks because there are guys on this team like Matt Reynolds, and Daniel Hudson that have been through the same process.
It’s really exciting to know that Corbin is progressing at a quicker pace. The idea that he wants to speed things up, and get on the mound again is a huge thing.
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The consensus around the organization is that Corbin won’t be back till after the all star break, but if they can get him back sooner that would be even better.
Everybody knows his story by now. He competed for the fifth spot in the rotation in the spring of 2014, won the job, and then came out of nowhere to be the staff ace that year.
For a better part of the season, he was a CY Young contender, and he was one of the best pitchers in baseball.
So it’s no surprise that he was named the team’s opening day starter for 2014. Then just a short while later, he was out for the season, and that was the beginning of the end for the 2014 season.
Lets say the Diamondbacks are competing by the middle of June, and Corbin is ready to go. That would be huge.
It would take him some time, but if he can pitch anywhere close to the level that he was at in 2013, that would be a game changer.
At the very least if he can eat innings, that would really help the Diamondbacks rotation. He threw 208.1 innings in 2013.
I’m just glad to see that Corbin is feeling good, and close to coming back. That can be only a good thing for the Dbacks.