Corpas to seek second opinion
Colorado Rockies reliever, who has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, will be examined Tuesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, a noted orthopedic surgeon who is based in Anaheim, Calif.
Corpas relievedin the second inning Wednesday against the Braves but had to leave the game in the fourth because of elbow soreness. Manager credits Corpas with holding the bullpen together this season, because he has pitched a variety of relief roles. In 56 games, Corpas is 3-5 with a 4.62 ERA and 10 saves.
Corpas had bone chips removed from his elbow last season and then developed a staph infection. He has been dealing with elbow soreness during this season. While the tear that was detected in his UCL is not sizeable, it’s likely Corpas will be facing Tommy John surgery at some point.
He is under contract for next season at $3.5 million with a $250,000 buyout on a $6 million club option in 2012. Recovery time from Tommy John surgery is about a year. If Corpas tries to rehab his elbow but breaks down next season, he would be in a recovery mode when becoming a free agent. Should Corpas opt to have surgery soon, he might make it back for the final weeks of the 2011 season, and clubs would have a better gauge of his health.
In other news,(left biceps soreness) threw all his pitches in a 39-pitch bullpen session Friday. The session was spread over three innings with five-minute intervals. Francis, who last pitched for the Rockies on Aug. 11, is scheduled to throw another bullpen and then face hitters in a simulated game.
Reliever(right shoulder inflammation) threw all his pitches for the first time in a 30-pitch session spread over two innings. Daley, who last pitched for the Rockies on June 10, will throw another bullpen session of 30 pitches.
Lastly,(sprained right big toe) is scheduled to throw about 85 pitches Saturday in his second rehab start for Double-A Tulsa. If he comes through that outing fine, Cook is scheduled to start for the Rockies on Thursday when they play a make-up game against the Phillies at Coors Field.