Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin has a partially torn ligament in his left elbow that may require season-ending surgery. Corbin said Sunday said he has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament and is getting a second opinion with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews before deciding whether to try to rehab the injury or have surgery.
Corbin had been designated the team’s opening day starter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia, but left Saturday’s game against Cleveland in the seventh inning with forearm stiffness.
SIDELINED — The Detroit Tigers will start the season without Jose Iglesias, though just how long the injured shortstop is sidelined will not be known until after he sees a foot and ankle specialist on Tuesday. General Manager Dave Dombrowski announced that Iglesias will start the season on the disabled list because of painful condition in both shins that affects him when he tries to decelerate.
CANCER — Hall of famer Mike Schmidt is recovering from an advanced form of skin cancer that kept him from being a guest instructor with the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training. The 64-year-old Schmidt was in camp Sunday to talk about his illness. Schmidt was diagnosed in August with stage 3 melanoma. He has undergone two operations, radiation and chemotherapy. He says he now considers himself “a very lucky man.”
AROUND THE BASES — New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese left his start against St. Louis with a sore elbow and will head back to New York for tests. … Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left the game against the New York Yankees due to a bruised left thumb. Freeman says he took a hard hit ball off the hand while playing defense. … New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched from the starting lineup against Atlanta because of slight tightness in his right calf. … It will be a few days before Manny Machado can run on his surgically repaired knee, and the Baltimore Orioles third baseman says he might not be ready for the start of the season.