Former Arizona Diamondbacks staff ace Patrick Corbin is inching his way closer to returning to the team, and he could be back on a major league mound as soon as this Saturday.
After undergoing Tommy John Surgery and being out the whole 2014 season and the first half of 2015, he is ready physically and mentally ready to return to the bigs and contribute.
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Corbin has made four rehab starts for Class A Visalia and Double A Mobile. He threw 79 pitches across six shutout innings.
He was originally supposed to pitch in another rehab outing this Thursday, but he will not make that start as originally scheduled.
Instead Manager Chip Hale and the team believes he is ready to pitch in the bigs it’s just a matter of how soon.
“We all feel like he’s ready, but we just want to make sure over these next few days that he feels the way he should feel, and that’s the way we want to go as a group,” Hale said to the media.
Corbin last pitched for the Dbacks in the 2013 season in which he went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA in 32 starts and was the ace of the staff.
Getting Corbin and his nasty slider back would be huge for an Arizona rotation that has been somewhat of weak link again this season when you compare it to an offense that is the 6th best in baseball.
As a rotation, Dbacks starters have combined for a 4.32 ERA in 702.1 innings good for twenty seventh in baseball. That has to be better for an offense that is consistently scoring 3 or more runs a game.
Having to work with 5 different catchers at some point during the season doesn’t help, but there is no doubt Corbin’s return will help.
If he doesn’t return this Saturday against the Rockies he would return next weekend against the Mets in New York.