When Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin left yesterday’s start mid-batter with what the team classified as “forearm stiffness,” alarm bells went off. “Forearm stiffness” is often a precursor to a pitcher finding out he has damage to his elbow. Sunday, it was reported that Corbin does indeed have an elbow injury:
The #Dbacks suffer blow with ace Patrick Corbin suffering damage to UCL in left elbow. He will get 2nd opinion this week
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 16, 2014
There’s always the chance that Corbin’s injury isn’t as dire as it sounds, but “forearm stiffness” coupled with a report that the UCL in his pitching elbow is “damaged” sounds ominous.
Now that Corbin is on the shelf, it’s fair to wonder if they’ll instead seek a starting pitcher in return for one of their excess shortstops.
If Arizona does indeed shift its attention toward acquiring a starting pitcher to fill a potential void left by Corbin, that would seem to make the Mets a more suitable trade partner.
Before Corbin’s injury, it appeared that the Mets were more likely to work out a deal with the Mariners (who are seeking a starting pitcher) for Nick Franklin.
However, with the Mets’ abundance of young starting pitching and the Diamondbacks all of a sudden appearing in need of a rotation piece, a trade between the two that would send either Owings or Gregorius to the Mets seems much more fathomable.