In his 2020 Grapefruit League debut this past Saturday, Patrick Corbin gave up one hit, two walks, and one earned run, throwing 24 pitches, 11 for strikes in two innings of work against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The start of the lefty’s second season in D.C. was delayed some after he and the rest of the Nationals’ staff pitched deep into October, on the way to the Washington Nationals’ World Series win, but he said after his initial outing this Spring that he thought things were being handled the right way as every builds towards the upcoming season.
“For a lot of us last year we threw a lot more than we have in the past, or longer, so I think it can help,” Corbin said of the slight delay in is throwing progression this Spring.
“We’ve just got to see — this is my first outing, so we’ll just kind of continue to build from here, see how I feel after this, but yeah, I feel pretty good after this one, so just looking forward to continuing to get stronger, get more pitches under me and get ready for my next outing.”
His manager liked what he saw from the southpaw against the Cards.
“Had some nice fluidity,” Davey Martinez told reporters, as quoted by MLB.com’s Jessica Camerato.
“He was getting extended, which was kind of nice. He felt good. Now we’ll build him up his next outing.”
Corbin makes his second start of the Spring tonight in West Palm Beach, FL, where the Nats and Cards play again at 6:05 PM EST in a game that’s being broadcast on MASN and on the MLB Network.
After an off day yesterday, the Nationals are back at it again, and you can watch this one.