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Corbin acclimating to bullpen role

Corbin acclimating to bullpen role

Corbin acclimating to bullpen role
MILWAUKEE -- When he came in from the bullpen Thursday in Atlanta, it was the first time D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin had pitched in relief during a regular-season game since rookie ball in 2009.

Despite the lack of experience in that role, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson had no concern about utilizing him in that role after calling him up from the Minors the previous day.

"He's pretty competitive," Gibson said. "He doesn't get overwhelmed, he cherishes competition. He's up to anybody's challenge."

Corbin threw three shutout innings in relief of Trevor Bauer and credited the couple of games he had to pitch in relief during Spring Training this year with helping him be more comfortable. The fact that this is Corbin's second stint in the Majors this year also helped.

"Going out there and throwing strikes is what I wanted to do," Corbin said. "I felt a lot more relaxed and confident than the first time I came up. I just went out there and threw what I've been throwing."

Corbin has picked the brains of some of the veterans in the bullpen hoping to pick up some tips.

One thing he discovered early on is that he needs to relax, because every time the bullpen phone rings, he gets an adrenaline rush thinking it could be for him.

"Just stay loose between innings," Corbin said of some other advice he got. "Just get up and walk around, play catch with the outfielders."

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