Corpas to undergo Tommy John surgery

September 1, 2010 | 3:25 pm | 11  

Colorado Rockies reliever Manuel Corpas will undergo Tommy John surgery Sept. 8. Originally diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow by the Rockies medical staff, Corpas was examined Tuesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, a noted orthopedic surgeon and a team doctor of the Los Angeles Angels.

Yocum confirmed the diagnosis that Corpas has a slight tear in the UCL and needs Tommy John surgery. That reconstructive elbow operation will be performed by Dr. Thomas Noonan, the Rockies medical director, in Denver. Recovery time is typically 12-18 months.

Corpas is under contract to the Rockies for $3.5 million next year. The club has a $6 million option with a $250,000 buyout for 2012.

Corpas has had elbow trouble throughout the season. He came off the Coors Field mound in pain on Aug. 25 during a relief appearance against the Braves. In 56 games this season, Corpas filled a variety of relief roles and went 3-5 with 10 saves and a 4.60 ERA in 62 2/3 innings.



  • Wayne | September 1, 2010 | 4:44 pm

    Never like to see anyone get hurt, especially one of our own. Hope the operation is a success and you recover to be able to pitch again.

  • ProgMatinee | September 1, 2010 | 5:39 pm

    You have to think they’ll pay the buyout immediately and let him go? no way on earth you pay someone coming off surgery $6m for half a year (if that) in 2012. he gave us a good ride in 07 and was helpful of late…but i’m ready to move on and hope O’Dowd is too.

  • Dustin | September 1, 2010 | 6:19 pm

    There’s zero chance that Dan extends Corpas.

  • Karl | September 1, 2010 | 6:26 pm

    So is he removed from 40 man roster too with the surgery to open a spot there immediately?

  • Agbayani | September 1, 2010 | 7:57 pm

    I think if he’s moved to the 60-day DL he doesn’t count against the 40 man roster.

    Corpas pitched like he was hurt all year. And most of last year. His average fastball velocity was down almost 3 mph from its 2007 peak, and the so-called spitter pitch totally disappeared. So now we know why.

    His career as a Rockie is almost certainly over. Here’s hoping he can bounce back good as new from TJ surgery. (It usually takes a while — witness Taylor Buchholz obviously not 100% yet — but the success rate is surprisingly good these days)

  • ProgMatinee | September 1, 2010 | 8:10 pm

    i hope he can come back, but not on our dime.

  • ProgMatinee | September 1, 2010 | 8:12 pm

    i think most of his pitches disappeared when everyone started looking at whether he was dumping gallons of water on his jersey before pitching.

  • reader f/k/a Mike | September 1, 2010 | 9:41 pm

    gallons of water?

  • FRED | September 2, 2010 | 7:31 am

    I’m with you guys on the water dumping. bye bye

  • sabrchip | September 2, 2010 | 3:22 pm

    Just checking and the Rox are into Corpas for $3.5 for 2011. They can buy him out of the $6 mill for $250k in 2012.

  • Rich M | September 2, 2010 | 5:03 pm

    Not that I would wish any ill will toward Manny, but if I can remember right he has had trouble maintaining an appriate weight during the past off seasons. The TJ surgery recovery promises to be a really long off season – so take a pass on those double cheeseburgers Manny!