Sunday, March 16, 2014

Kershaw To Face Wade Miley In Season Opener

Very tough news for Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, who was scheduled to open the season for the Snakes in Sydney. Corbin suffered a tear to his ulnar collateral ligament, which may cause him to have Tommy John surgery:

For Patrick Corbin and the D-backs, the news couldn't have been much worse Sunday, when the team revealed the ace left-hander had sustained damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

Corbin, who said he had a partial tear in the ligament, will get a second opinion on the diagnosis this week from Dr. James Andrews, the noted surgeon. Corbin will not make the trip to Australia for the Opening Series against the Dodgers. Instead, he will meet with Andrews to determine whether Tommy John ligament reconstruction surgery -- and the 12-month rehabilitation that follows -- is his next course of action or if he will be able to rehabilitate the injury without surgery.

"This is kind of all new to me, so it's disappointing," an obviously shaken Corbin said in a news conference Sunday morning.

The 24-year-old Corbin had been scheduled to throw the first pitch of the Major League season as the D-backs' starter in the first game of the Opening Series in Australia against the Dodgers. Wade Miley will take his place in the opener.

Going to Australia without their young ace lefty was obviously not part of the plan for the D-backs.

"We're all disappointed," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "I think it's a big blow to the individual that he's going through this, also for the team. We've all prepared for him to be a part of it."

Hope Corbin is okay. We'll see how Clayton Kershaw does in Sydney vs. Wade Miley.


Steve Sax said...

It's funny to hear Vin Scully talk about the upcoming Qantas flight to Sydney as if it's going to another planet. It's only a 14-hour flight, guys!

Steve Sax said...

Leadoff single by Justin Turner in B9, but the expected bunt came back to the pitcher for the out at second.

Van Slyke up, man on first, one out.

Steve Sax said...

Whoops, make that bottom 8. We're heading to the ninth inning tied at 3.

Steve Sax said...

ends in a tie