MILWAUKEE -- Patrick Corbin did not actually get into the D-backs' marathon 16-inning game against the Cardinals on Wednesday night, but the left-hander was prepared to contribute in a number of different roles if needed.
The D-backs were down to Corbin and Heath Bell as far as pitching possibilities, and there was also the chance that manager Kirk Gibson could have used Josh Wilson as an emergency pitcher and put Corbin, an excellent athlete, in left field.
"I was thinking I was going to pinch-hit," Corbin said. "Then they said I might have to play outfield. Wade [Miley] brought out his outfielders mitt and it's terrible, so Cody [Ross] gave me his. Then they said I might have to pitch. I said I could throw an inning."
Corbin is slated to make his first start of the year Saturday against the Brewers, but heading into Friday's game he knew that he was still on call.
With Josh Collmenter unavailable after throwing five innings Wednesday, Corbin was told to be ready on Friday if for some reason Wade Miley got knocked out of the game early.
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