The first words Patrick Corbin said during an interview last week were the same ones he’d repeat four more times in the span of about seven minutes. They were his way of shooting down the idea that his late-season move to the bullpen last year should somehow suggest what role he should fill this year.
“I know I can start,” Corbin said.
On this point – or on those related to it – he did not want to cede ground.
He didn’t seem to think his move to the bullpen was for the best, despite the way he seemingly was able to turn his season around.
He didn’t want the notion to exist that his arm might have been stronger late in the year because he was a reliever – didn’t want anyone to think he couldn’t handle a starter’s workload.
And he wasn’t about to say he had to prove himself this spring – or, at least, he wasn’t planning to do anything different as he goes about preparing for his fifth big-league season.
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