Corpas to Undergo Surgery
Right-handeris scheduled for surgery Friday to remove bone chips from his right elbow, the latest setback for the Rockies bullpen.
Closeris the only member of the bullpen who has been on the active roster all season.
There were indications that, the Rockies’ top-ranked pitching prospect, could be called up and moved into the bullpen to take Corpas’ place on the Rockies roster.
Chacin was pulled after one inning in Double-A Tulsa’s 1-0 win against Springfield on Wednesday “as a precaution for possible, future organizational moves,” according to a statement issued by the Drillers.
Corpas was diagnosed with floating bone chips in his elbow earlier in the season, and spent four weeks on the disabled list before being activated last week. The hope was that once that inflammation subsided Corpas would be able to finish the season before needing surgery.
He returned to the roster by working a scoreless inning at San Diego on Saturday, but gave up three runs in a 10-6 victory against Arizona on Monday.
Corpas said he did not feel any pain in the elbow until he went home after that game, and the swelling returned.
Unable to find a trade they are comfortable with for an experienced reliever, the Rockies have shown a willingness to move a starting pitching prospect into a bullpen role.
Left-handerwas recently promoted and is now the only left-hander in the bullpen.