GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Patrick Corbin was nine pitches and seven days away from completing his final tune up.
Arizona's scheduled opening day starter was scheduled to throw 100
pitches, but felt tightness in his left forearm on the 91st pitch in the
Diamondbacks' 4-2 victory over Cleveland on Saturday.
Corbin left with a 2-2 count on Cleveland's David Adams with one out
in the seventh and immediately rode back to Arizona's training facility
at Salt River.
"He called us out with some stiffness in his forearm so obviously we
took him out," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We have no answers for you.
We'll have the doctors look at him. He felt some stiffness just below
the elbow. We certainly hope it has nothing to do with the elbow."
Corbin struck out seven and walked none in 6 1-3 innings, his final
outing before starting the season opener next Saturday in Australia
against Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The left-hander limited
Cleveland to two runs -- none earned -- on 10 hits.
"We will look at it. Rest assured we'll be cautious," Gibson said.
"Patrick started out slow but kind of settled down. He started pitching
pretty good. It stinks what happened at the end. If you look at the
pitch efficiency, he threw 24 pitches in the second inning but after
that he made an adjustment. The other innings he had eight or nine
Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero was concerned about Corbin.
"I thought it was his ankle or groin or something because he was
throwing good," Montero said. "There was nothing different. Of course,
I'm concerned especially him. He was the guy to pitch the first game for
us. I don't know what the situation is with him. He's our weapon."
Corbin wasn't as sharp as he normally is, especially with the breaking ball.
"His breaking ball was backing up a little bit. There were some two
strike counts where he really couldn't put them away with his breaking
ball like he normally does. That (tight forearm) might be the reason
why," Montero said.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer and an RBI double for Arizona.
Goldschmidt, who won the NL Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards at
first base last season, homered for the first time this spring when he
connected off Frank Herrmann in the first inning. Martin Prado followed
with his first home run of the spring, and Goldschmidt added a
run-scoring double off Vinnie Pestano in the third.
Herrmann pitched in his second game since elbow reconstruction
sidelined him for nearly a year. The reliever didn't finish the first
The Indians designated this a bullpen day, using seven pitchers.
Mike Aviles went 3 for 3 with an RBI double for Cleveland.
Indians: Frank Herrmann started but it was a bullpen day. Nine
pitchers are scheduled to pitch on inning each. Herrmann is 50 weeks
removed from right elbow reconstructive surgery. He didn't make it
through the first inning. He gave up home runs to Paul Goldschmidt and
"It was Frank's second outing. It is probably hard for him to be
happy about it," manager Terry Francona said. "From our side of it he
continues to grow. It's going to take a while. He just needs some reps."
Diamondbacks: Bronson Arroyo has never been on the disabled list in
his career. A bulging disk in his back threatens to put him on the list
for the first time in his career. Arroyo is playing long toss from 105
feet...First baseman Danny Dorn fractured his right wrist when he was
hit by a pitch from Nick Maronde of the Angels on March 2...Outfielder
Cody Ross is recovering from a dislocated right hip from a game on
August 11. He played in an intrasquad game on Wednesday. Ross is
expected to play again on Sunday.
Cleveland: Bryan LaHair will test his left wrist against the Giants
in Scottsdale on Sunday. Manager Terry Francona plans to get LaHair
three at-bats...Right-hander Shaun Marcum had thoracic outlet surgery
pitched in live batting practice...Outfielder Nyjer Morgan is day-to-day
with a mild strain of his left calf. "He is chomping at the bit,"
Francona said. "I can't play him until the medical staff clears him. We
are protecting him from himself."...
The six Indians pitchers that followed Herrmann combined for 6 1/3
scoreless innings. John Axford, who is the likely closer and setup man
Vinnie Pestano were in the game earlier than normal.
"It was kind of nice the way it worked out," Francona said. "Axford
and Vinnie faced their main lineup. That's hard to do in spring
Nick Hagadone pitched 2 1-3 innings. Axford, Pestano, Marc
Rzepczynski, Josh Outman, Blake Wood and Scott Barnes pitched an inning
"Rzep (Rzepczynski) has quickly earned trust here," Francona said.
"It doesn't have to be just left-handers. He has big movement he can
spin his breaking ball. He can limit damage."
Carlos Santana has shown that he can play third base for the Indians. Yet, the team wants to keep his catching skills intact.
"Carlos is willing to try going back and forth from catcher to third
base," Francona said. "We will let him catch a bullpen, probably Monday.
We'll let him catch Tuesday. It's not etched in stone. We are trying to
balance the amount of work he's done to play third. He's out there
every morning. Doing the catching if he can handle it, it is kind of a
unique skill set. He's been a catcher for six years and a third baseman
for half a season in winter ball and seven games here."