Left-hander Patrick Corbin has been chosen to start for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day.
Manager Torey Lovullo made the announcement Saturday. He’ll make nfl jerseys cheap authentic his first opening day start Thursday night when the Diamondbacks host Colorado — Arizona beat the Rockies last year in the NL wild-card game.
Corbin was 14-13 with a 4.03 ERA in 32 starts last season.
“I’m just excited. I’m honored to go out there. I feel well prepared and ready to go. I got all my work in that I needed to this spring,” Corbin said.
The opportunity for Corbin arose from a groin injury to Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke, who is still working his way back to full strength. Greinke was recently ruled out for opening day.
Greinke threw a quick bullpen session on Saturday morning and Lovullo hopes he will be ready to pitch the third game of the season-opening series against the Rockies.
Left-hander Robbie Ray was also seriously considered, but Lovullo chose to keep him on his spring schedule.
“A very well-deserved honor,” Lovullo said of choosing Corbin. “Told him, `That’s a lot of hard work and dedication that got you back to this moment.”
The 28-year-old Corbin was in line to be the opening day starter in 2014, coming off a 14-8 record during an nike nfl jerseys cheap All-Star season in 2013. But he suffered an injury in his throwing arm during a spring training game and had to have Tommy John surgery.
Corbin missed all of the 2014 season and part of 2015, and went 5-13 with a 5.15 ERA in 2016. He was moved to the bullpen that year.