He’ll look to take another step forward with his second win in his third career start when the Devil Rays open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Friday.
Corcoran, who’s spent most of his career in the minor leagues since signing with the New York Mets in 1997, pitched 10 games for Tampa Bay last season but didn’t make the roster out of spring training.
Recalled from Triple-A Durham on June 14, Corcoran (1-0, 2.16 ERA) made three relief appearances before starting against Atlanta on Saturday and winning 3-2. He pitched five innings and allowed four hits and one run.
“The way he’s been handling this whole thing (is impressive),” Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “I thought he’d be fine (moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation) … Since he’s been back, I’ve seen a very comfortable guy.”
Corcoran, 28, has a 4.94 ERA in 31 career innings.
“I just figured I’d make pitches and stay right there on the mound … try to speed up,” Corcoran said. “I didn’t want to try and take a lot of time in between pitches. I have a tendency to do that.”
Nationals left-hander Mike O’Connor (3-4, 3.39) will oppose Corcoran on Friday, and is seeking his first win since June 8.
He’s 0-1 in three starts since that victory despite pitching well in his last two games.
O’Connor pitched six innings against Baltimore on Saturday, allowing two runs in the Nats’ 3-2 loss, and threw seven innings of one-run ball June 18 in Washington’s 3-2 win over the New York Yankees.
The Nationals (33-47) have lost eight of their last nine, including an 8-4 defeat to Toronto in Thursday’s finale of a three-game series. Washington is 3-9 in interleague play.
“We’ve run into the American League East and they’re tough,” Washington catcher Robert Fick said. “When you’ve got to play Boston, New York and Toronto all in a row, they can wear out your pitching staff. They’ve got some good arms.”
The Devil Rays (34-45) broke a three-game losing streak Wednesday with a 3-1 win over Florida. Tampa Bay has dropped three of its last four interleague contests since a 6-2 start.
The Devil Rays are 13-13 in June, and a victory Friday would give them their first winning month of the season.
“The control of success is what you think,” Maddon said. “It’s not necessarily the skills, throwing, hitting, running … What you think makes a difference a lot of times. If we can just control what they think on a daily basis, whereas they think they can win, and should win. That will manifest itself. That’s what we’ve got to get to.”
This is the first meeting between the Rays and Nationals franchises since July 2001 and the first since the former Montreal Expos moved to Washington before last season.
The franchises have split six games since July 2000, with the Devil Rays losing the last two.