The fantasy baseball season hasn’t officially started yet, but there have been several players that have suffered season-ending injuries. The most recent player to be added to that list seems to be starting pitcher Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The team discovered that the fireballer has a small tear in his Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) and he is currently seeking a second opinion with Dr. James Andrews later this week, which is never a promising sign. Almost 99.9% of the time a pitcher gets a second opinion with the Tommy John King, he ends up getting Tommy John Surgery.
Apparently, the two options Corbin was given were to have either TJS or to go through a six-week rehab program, similar to what New York Mets SP Matt Harvey tried to do this summer. Unfortunately, that didn’t work for Harvey and likely won’t work for Corbin either. All indications as of right now are that Corbin will have the dreaded Tommy John Surgery in the next couple weeks.
It would be a disappointing blow to the fantasy world, as Corbin had a brilliant rookie campaign last year. He finished with an impressive 14-8 record with a 3.41 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He threw 208.1 innings out of the gate and averaged an impressive 96.3 pitchers per start.
Corbin has never been injured before and the absence from the game will be something that the youngster will have to get used to. He has a very long road ahead of him and he better get comfortable.
Due to the likelihood of Corbin having the operation, he won’t be worth drafting this year in one-and-done formats, so fantasy fans should plan their draft accordingly.