Nationals look for Corbin to bounce back vs. White Sox

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Washington Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin figured to shoulder added scrutiny after signing a six-year, $140 million contract in the offseason.

With Corbin's front shoulder playing a role in his recent mechanical struggles, that notion has become a reality twice over.

"His mechanics are a little off right now, causing him to fly open a little bit," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "I think he knows that. He said: 'I've just got to start locating my fastball.' Which is true. We'll get him straightened out."

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Corbin will look to regroup during Tuesday's interleague road start against the Chicago White Sox, hoping to solve whatever has gone amiss in his two outings since he threw a shutout to beat the Miami Marlins on May 25.

The woes started on May 31, when the Cincinnati Reds reached Corbin for eight runs, six earned, and 11 hits in 2 2/3 innings. Corbin followed by allowing five runs, three earned, and five hits and five innings against the San Diego Padres on Thursday.

Although a midgame adjustment against the Padres helped Corbin (5-4, 3.59 ERA) recover after early troubles with his command, it wasn't enough to keep San Diego from erasing a 4-0 deficit en route to a 5-4 victory.

"Usually I feel like I pick it up fairly quick," Corbin said. "You just kind of feel your mechanics, and you're able to go out there and do it. I just fell behind (batters). I wasn't throwing strike one. I was trying to be too perfect there when I was behind instead of attacking their hitters with everything that I have. I'll just try to learn from that."

Corbin has faced the White Sox only once previously, also in interleague play.

Then a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he earned a victory with six innings of eight-hit, three-run ball against visiting Chicago on May 23, 2017. Corbin surrendered two home runs, but neither player who connected against him -- Todd Frazier and Melky Cabrera -- remains on the White Sox's roster.

One new face to the Chicago lineup, rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez, continues to develop as a threat for the White Sox. He demonstrated his power on Sunday with a 471-foot home run to center field at spacious Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

"He's getting closer," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "He's 22 years old. He's a rookie. The league is treating him like a five-time All-Star in terms of how they are pitching to him. You are going to see gradual improvement from him over the course of the summer."

Left-hander Manny Banuelos (3-4, 7.36 ERA) will get the start for the White Sox, who will look to prevent the Nationals from completing a sweep of the clubs' four meetings this season. Washington routed Chicago 12-1 Monday in the series opener for its seventh win in nine games.

Chicago skipped Banuelos' most recent turn in the rotation last week, as a scheduled off day meant the team didn't require a fifth starter. Banuelos earned a victory in his most recent start, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings on May 30 against the Cleveland Indians in Chicago.

--Field Level Media

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