Does injury to Patrick Corbin open door for Archie Bradley?

Archie Bradley

The Arizona Diamondbacks received some disheartening news learning that pitcher Patrick Corbin suffered damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Corbin will seek a second opinion before going under the knife to repair the injury. This is a huge blow for the Desert Dogs as Corbin was tabbed as a key piece to the starting rotation after an impressive 2013 campaign. Last season Corbin was 14-8 with a 3.41 earned run average fanning 178 batters in 32 starts for the Diamondbacks.

 

The hurler was slated to start one of the showcase games in Australia against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but now will remain back as Wade Miley will replace him on the bump.

The injury could open the door for super-prospect Archie Bradley who has been patiently waiting for an opportunity to crack the starting five. The 21-year old was 12-5 with a ridiculous 1.97 earned run average in 21 starts last year for Double “A” Mobile. Bradley has made three starts this spring going 2-1 with a 4.32 earned run average in 8.1 innings pitched.

The 6’4″ right hander was selected 7th overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2011 Amateur Draft dominating the minor league circuit.

The uber prospect will have big shoes to fill as Corbin was selected to the All-Star team last season and was voted the Diamondbacks Most Valuable Pitcher in 2013.

It was a rough week for young MLB hurlers as Kris Medlen, Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin are battling an assortment of injuries that could see them sidelined for opening day.

The D’backs are hopeful the injury will not be season ending however anytime the words “ulnar collateral ligament” are uttered, a visit to Dr. Andrews, the Tommy John specialist seems to follow.

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