Corbin feels good, but is frustrated by limits

D-backs handling starter with kid gloves after Tommy John recovery

Corbin feels good, but is frustrated by limits

PHOENIX -- Patrick Corbin continues to take positive steps in his recovery from last year's Tommy John surgery, but the D-backs left-hander still gets frustrated at times.

Take Sunday's start against the Dodgers when he allowed just two runs over six innings in the D-backs' 4-3 loss, yet was not pleased that he had to come out after throwing 84 pitches over six innings.

Since Corbin returned in July, after missing all of last season, D-backs manager Chip Hale has been consistent and emphatic in saying he would not allow him to throw more than 95 pitches, and sometimes even less than that.

"It's just frustrating coming out," Corbin said. "I told Chip that's the best I've felt, but I understand everything right now and where we are in the season. It's just tough right now to handle that."

The Dodgers came out swinging against Corbin, jumping on first-pitch fastballs and causing him to adjust after allowing a run in the first inning.

"Just mix it up, throw better first-pitch strikes and mix it up with some offspeed pitches," Corbin said of the adjustments he made. "I was able to do that pretty much after the first inning and threw some good changeups and breaking balls today."

The D-backs are counting on Corbin to be a big part of their rotation in 2016, so they will continue to handle him with kid gloves the rest of this season.

"Very impressive," Hale said. "Again, probably could have gone out for the seventh, but at this point in the year, six innings is great."

Even if it doesn't always feel that way to Corbin.

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.