In a potentially devastating blow, the Arizona Diamondbacks received bad news about young ace Patrick Corbin on Sunday morning.
After being pulled from his final tune-up start on Saturday with “forearm stiffness,” an MRI revealed what would potentially be a far more serious injury.
Dbacks tweet out that Corbin’s MRI showed UCL damage, will not make Australia trip so he can get second opinion
— Zach Buchanan (@azc_zachb) March 16, 2014
MRI on Patrick Corbin showed “damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow,” team says in statement. Will seek 2nd opinion.
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) March 16, 2014
Wade Miley will take Corbin’s place in Australia, though that probably doesn’t rank too high on the team’s list of concerns right now.
UCL are the three worst letters a team can see, of course, as damage to the UCL ligament usually requires Tommy John surgery and a year of rehab. The Diamondbacks will hope for better news with the second opinion, but it seems likely that their best pitcher will be lost for the year before the season even starts.
Corbin went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA in 32 starts last season, his second stint with the big league club. He is 24 years old.