The Arizona Diamonds face a nervous 24 hour stretch as they await injury news on their staff ace.
Left-handed starter Patrick Corbin was pulled from his start yesterday with forearm stiffness. According to Zach Buchanan of azcentral.com:
Uh oh, trainer comes out of dugout as Corbin leaves the game in the middle of an at-bat
— Zach Buchanan (@azc_zachb) March 15, 2014
There is something about the immediacy of leaving in the middle of an at-bat that feels ominous. After the game the team stated that they believe the injury was to his forearm and not his elbow. That does not automatically create peace of mind, however, as Nick Piecoro noted:
Depending on the team/situation, “forearm” can often be a precursor to/ euphemism for “elbow”. Hopefully for Corbin this is minor.
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) March 15, 2014
An update on Corbin’s status is expected sometime Sunday morning. Presumably part of that update will be about the opening game in Australia, though it is hard to imagine him making that trip now even if this injury is nothing. The larger concern for the Diamondbacks is long term, as their rotation simply does not have the talent or depth to absorb the loss of Corbin.