Players To Watch: Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies

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Patrick Corbin (maybe)

Sept. 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin throws in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Originally expected to make his return around July 7, Patrick Corbin was mentioned as a possibility to start Saturday’s game against the Rockies by Arizona manager Chip Hale. Allen Webster was optioned to Triple-A, so there’s a spot in the rotation that could be filled by Corbin.

Corbin will be a key piece going forward. The 25-year-old lefty compiled a 3.80 ERA during his first two years in the big leagues before being forced to go under the knife for Tommy John surgery. Corbin averaged 7.5 strikeouts per 9 innings before hitting the DL and should immediately challenge Chase Anderson as the best pitcher currently in the rotation.

If he’s right, Corbin could be the first step towards a potential comeback in a relatively tight NL West. Pitching has been the Achilles Heel for the Diamondbacks, so all eyes will be on Corbin when he makes his season debut. Hopefully it’ll come on Saturday.