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Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin has stiff forearm, Australia start in jeopardy


By on 3/16/2014 08:30:00 AM

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin is supposed to open the regular season when the team travels to Sydney, Australia, to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. That plan, though, is now on hold. MLB.com's John Schlegel reports that Corbin has a stiff forearm, which caused him to leave Saturday's Spring Training game in the middle of an at-bat.

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Corbin made it into the seventh inning and threw 91 pitches before feeling the stiffness. He left the stadium for evaluation, but there is no word yet as to the extent of the problem. Manager Kirk Gibson said that he believes that the prblem is more in the forearm than the elbow, which would be better news for him and Corbin. Said Gibson,
"We'll look at it, and rest assured we'll be cautious with it. We certainly hope it has nothing to do with the elbow, but we'll try and determine that tonight." 
Diamondbacks pitchers have had extra Spring Training time because of the early season opener, which occurs on March 22. The rest of the teams open on either March 31 or April 1 save for one March 30 Sunday night game. That is why Corbin threw so long in preparation for the season opener.

At this point, Gibson did not name a starter for the first game of the March 22 double-header with the Dodgers. He wants to see how Corbin is. Rather, when asked, Gibson replied, "We'll make a good decision." He, Corbin, and the Diamondbacks are awaiting the results of the evaluation, which could come out on Sunday.

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