Patrick Corbin to start for the Diamondbacks on Saturday

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Patrick Corbin will start for the Diamondbacks on Saturday against the Rockies. Corbin underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last year and hasn’t pitched in the majors since September 2013.

In 17 innings over four rehab appearances between Single-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile, Corbin allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on 17 hits and seven walks with 11 strikeouts.

Corbin, 25, made the NL All-Star team in 2013 and finished with a 3.41 ERA with a 178/54 K/BB ratio in 208 1/3 innings.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.