Corbin, Hernandez throw first bullpens since TJ surgery

Corbin, Hernandez throw first bullpens since TJ surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- To D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin, it felt like his first start of a regular season, while righty David Hernandez was just focused on not bouncing the first pitch he threw.

On Tuesday, the two pitchers threw their first bullpen sessions since their respective Tommy John surgeries.

"It was awesome, exciting," Corbin said on Tuesday. "I woke up this morning and it felt like it was my first start of the season. Tomorrow it will be one year from surgery, so just a great feeling to get back out there. I wasn't really nervous because I knew my elbow felt great from all the work that we've been doing this past year. Just super excited to get on the mound and be able to throw again."

Hernandez will likely be back in action before Corbin, because as a reliever he will not need to build up his pitch count as much. Hernandez could return in early May, while Corbin will likely be out until sometime in June.

"To be honest with you, I didn't think about it at all when I started throwing," Hernandez said of his surgically repaired elbow. "It's kind of on the back burner. I just kind of felt like it was my first bullpen in Spring Training. Next is your next bullpen, and then you'll face batters and then you'll be in games. That's the way I'm looking at it."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.