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Corbin talks to Doug and Wolf about what he's working on this Spring.

The coveted fifth spot in the Arizona Diamondbacks' rotation might be the most intriguing competition this spring, but left-hander Patrick Corbin admitted he's trying to keep things in perspective.

Corbin, along with Randall Delgado and Tyler Skaggs, entered camp in a three-way battle for the spot, but already the potential candidates have been reduced to two.

Monday, the D-backs optioned Skaggs to Triple-A Reno, leaving Corbin and Delgado as the last men standing.

"I texted Tyler yesterday when he got sent down and I told him 'you'll be up here eventually it's just a matter of time,'" Corbin told Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf Tuesday. "Me and him are really good buddies so it's sad to see him go, but I know it's only a matter of time for both of us to be back up here."

While Corbin -- acquired by the D-backs in the deal that sent Dan Haren to the Los Angeles Angels in July 2010 -- didn't hesitate to console his good friend, the 23-year-old knows that baseball is a business and with Opening Day less than two weeks away his sole focus remains on proving that he deserves a place behind Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Brandon McCarthy and Wade Miley.

"I've been doing it my whole career, with the Angels and now here," Corbin said of being a starter. "I'm comfortable with it, I love coming into a game in the first inning and getting after the guys and setting a tone for the team."

In 2012, the D-backs used Corbin as both a starter and a reliever. During his first stint in the majors from April 30 to May 21, Corbin made five starts with mixed results (2-3 record with a 5.27 ERA).

On May 22, Corbin was sent back to Triple-A, but he would only spend a month up in Reno.

Following his second call-up in late June, Corbin pitched beautifully over his next five appearances (allowed two earned runs in 11 2/3 innings of work).

Corbin's success as a reliever earned him another shot as a starter over the final two months of the season, but he once again struggled to find a level of consistency. In his final 12 starts, Corbin went 4-4 with a 4.76 ERA.

Although he and Delgado are vying for the team's final rotation spot, Corbin said that just getting a chance to pitch with the D-backs in 2012 showed him that all that matters is getting a chance to contribute in the majors.

"I'd love to be a starter, but I'd also love to be up here to help the team," said Corbin. "I would do anything they would ask up here. If they want me as a starter or a reliever I feel like I'd be capable to do either of those two."

This spring, Corbin said his goal was not only to win the No. 5 job but also to develop a breaking ball that he can throw for strikes.

In five appearances, it seems the latter goal might help him ultimately achieve the former. Corbin is 2-0 with a 3.68 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

Dave Dulberg, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com

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