SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday in Pensacola, Fla.
Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery to repair a partial tear of Corbin's ulnar collateral ligament. The recovery time for the surgery is typically 12-18 months, though it varies by player.
"It's a long road back, but I'm sure [Corbin will] do everything he can in his power," D-backs bench coach Alan Trammell said.
Corbin had a breakout year in 2013, going 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA and earning a spot on the National League All-Star team.
I want to thank Dr. James Andrews & staff for a successful surgery & great treatment. Thanks to my family, friends, & fans for the support ??p> - Patrick Corbin (@PatrickCorbin11) March 26, 2014
The D-backs were counting on Corbin to be their ace this year. He was scheduled to start last Saturday's regular-season opener against the Dodgers, but he sustained the elbow injury March 15 during his final Spring Training start.
"It's an opportunity for somebody to step up," Trammell said. "And hopefully that happens. Often that's how careers get started. I don't know who that guy is right now, but we'll see."
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