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MLB Storylines: Diamondbacks' Corbin could need surgery

MLB Storylines: Diamondbacks' Corbin could need surgery
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March 17, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Sunday, March 16th.

Top Stories

  • Diamondbacks number one starter Patrick Corbin suffered damage to his ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, the team announced. Corbin will seek a second opinion, with Tommy John surgery being a very real possibility for the 24-year-old All-Star.

Tribe News

  • The big news of the day in Indians camp was center fielder Michael Bourn having to leave Sunday's game due to tightness in his surgically repaired left hamstring. The team insisted Bourn's removal was for precautionary reasons and he will be re-evaluated on Monday.
  • The Indians played split-squad games against the Giants and the Cubs on Sunday. Justin Masterson threw five scoreless innings to lead Cleveland to a 3-2 victory over the Cubs. Masterson allowed two hits and struck out eight without walking a batter. Carlos Santana hit his second home run of the spring and Jeff Francoeur delivered a two-run double in the game.
  • Aaron Harang gave up one run on four hits with three strikeouts over his four innings of work in Cleveland's 5-1 win over San Francisco. Nick Swisher had two hits, including a home run, and Lonnie Chisenhall had a triple and two RBI.

Others News and Notes

  • Mets starter Jon Niese left his start on Sunday after only two innings due to left elbow discomfort. Niese said that the discomfort is in the back of the elbow, not the ligament area that can often lead to Tommy John surgery.
  • With Patrick Corbin possibly facing Tommy John surgery, Jack Magruder of reported that the plan for the Diamondbacks is to go with in-house options Randall DelgadoArchie Bradley, or Josh Collmenter instead of immediately looking to the trade market.
  • According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Diamondbacks plan to hand the starting shortstop job to Chris Owings over Didi Gregorious.
  • Nick Cafardo wrote that with a healthy Grady Sizemore and the emergence of Bryce Brentz and Corey Brown, the Red Sox have enough depth in the outfield to pull off a trade. Cafardo noted that the most likely trade candidate is first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, and the Pirates, Tigers, and Brewers have all shown interest.
  • According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington gave a near-guarantee that Edinson Volquez will be a part of the Pittsburgh starting rotation.
  • The Dodgers will add both Justin Turner and Chone Figgins to their 25-man roster for their opening series in Australia. Turner and Figgins both signed minor league deals with Los Angeles this offseason. To make room for Figgins on the 25-man, the Dodgers designated former closer Javy Guerra for assignment.
  • Dodgers catcher Miguel Olivo has asked the team to release him after learning he will not be part of the 25-man roster that will open the season in Australia.

User Comments

MT88 in WI
March 17, 2014 - 7:50 PM EDT
I realize Jose Ramirez has not been playing much at all as he recovers but IF Bourn is not healthy, I would be intrigued with the idea of Jose getting more at bats in Cleveland instead of CBus, even if he is hitting 9th in the order to begin.

I saw on mlbtraderumors today a number of backup catchers are beginning to be available. I hope CA & crew are watching closely. It might be a chance to deal Ronnie Rodriguez or another middling prospect to snag a solid young backup catcher to support Yan Gomes during 2014 and allow Carlos Santana to stay focued around 3B.
March 17, 2014 - 4:00 PM EDT
Corbin's the guy I wanted instead of Bauer. Too bad for the kid, his career started really nicely. Hopefully he comes back stronger.
March 17, 2014 - 3:59 PM EDT
Good lord the TJS bug just won't stop...

Just confirmed that Jarrod Parker of the A's will also now have Tommy John (also his 2nd one) in a about a week, missing all of 2014. Big blow to the A's (probably was gonna be their opening day starter).
March 17, 2014 - 11:45 AM EDT
Yeah Aviles in CF is like Cabrera in the leadoff spot this spring. Get some work in but not something we'll see during the season.

I think Bourn will be fine in CF. Not the stud he once was but think worst case he'll be average defensively the next couple years. Still would not mind at all if the Tribe could unload him though....
March 17, 2014 - 11:33 AM EDT
You had to wonder why the DBacks left Corbin out there for 7 against the Indians in a meaningless spring game. But he's there number 1 I guess they had to find out if he could handle it. Resounding no. More importantly, Bourn is of less and less value to the Indians going forward. His is a speed game and he simply can't do the fast/ quick/ sudden acceleration anymore with the hamstring. They need a healthy, above average center fielder this year if they are going to hang w the Tigers and Royals. As much as I like Michael, I don't think he's that guy w a compromised hamstring. I think Antonetti better start looking. Interesting Aviles in center yesterday. I like him too, but an everyday centerfielder he ain't
March 17, 2014 - 9:46 AM EDT
I know the report said Carp was most likely to be dealt...but wouldn't mind trying to snag Brentz from the Red Sox if possible.

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