DENVER -- D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin is scheduled to start Sunday against the Braves in Atlanta, but has told Major League Baseball that he would still be available to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at 4:30 p.m. MST on FOX.Corbin, along with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, were
DENVER -- D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin is scheduled to start Sunday against the Braves in Atlanta, but has told Major League Baseball that he would still be available to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at 4:30 p.m. MST on FOX.
Corbin, along with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, were two of the seven All-Star selections made by MLB. Other reserves and pitchers were selected by ballots cast by big league players, managers and coaches.
"If needed, he'll be available to pitch in the game," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I think we're OK with it. We're asking that if he goes and throws, that it's for one inning, and they promised us that would be the case."
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In his only All-Star Game appearance in 2013, Corbin threw an inning of relief and took the loss, allowing one run in one inning.
After Zack Godley was needed to throw an inning of relief during Sunday's 16-inning marathon with the Padres. Just two days after his most recent start, the D-backs decided to push his start back from Thursday in Denver to Friday in Atlanta.
Robbie Ray, who had been scheduled to start Friday, will instead go Thursday. Thanks to Monday's off-day, Ray will be pitching on regular rest.
"We just felt like it made the most sense with the extra day," Lovullo said. "We asked Zack to do a lot the other day. He got into a game and it's way more than we were comfortable with. ... We felt like giving him the full amount of time between that outing and his next start made the most sense."
Jeff Mathis caught the first 15 innings Sunday before pitching the 16th, his third career appearance on the mound.
Following the game, Mathis spent a little extra time in the training room and ice tub.
After Monday's team day off, Mathis was back in the starting lineup Tuesday.
"I mean, we did play 16 innings, so obviously everybody is a little bit tired, little bit sore in here," Mathis said. "But yesterday, I think was good for a lot of us."
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