If the Rockies' or D-backs' seasons had gone even remotely close to plan, there's no chance Friday's pitching matchup would be what it is.
But with both clubs battling injuries and ineffectiveness, right-handers Christian Bergman and Josh Collmenter now find themselves with the chance to prove they belong in starting roles going forward.
Bergman wasn't even on the prospect radar to begin the season, but after proving an ability to pitch at altitude with Triple-A Colorado Springs, the Rockies called upon him when the injury bug bit.
Bergman registered quality starts in two of his first three Major League outings before catching a bad break himself in the form of a fractured non-pitching hand. Following a two-month layoff, Bergman made his return Sunday and registered his first win, lasting 6 1/3 innings while surrendering nine hits and four runs to the Marlins.
As for Collmenter, he found a niche in Arizona's bullpen the last two seasons but returned to the rotation this year when the D-backs needed a proven arm.
Although the right-hander hasn't been as effective in the rotation as he was during his rookie year in 2011, Collmenter has shown promise at times, no more so than last Friday against the Padres.
Collmenter was in line for his first career shutout and second complete game before running into trouble in the last frame. He finished with four hits and one unearned run allowed in 8 1/3 innings. He also tied his career-high with eight strikeouts while putting some of the concerns about his diminishing velocity to rest.
Rockies: Morneau deal not reached
The Rockies and Brewers almost found a way to send Justin Morneau back into a pennant race.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Thursday that the clubs discussed a trade that would have sent Morneau to Milwaukee, but they ultimately couldn't reach an agreement. Milwaukee successfully claimed Morneau off waivers, but couldn't assemble the right pieces to convince Colorado.
Morneau is currently leading all NL players with a .314 batting average, and he's clubbed 14 home runs in 113 games for Colorado. The Brewers are playing veterans Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay at first base.
Morneau, a four-time All-Star and the 2006 AL Most Valuable Player Award winner, has regained his form after a few seasons affected by concussions. The veteran has played in the playoffs in three seasons, twice with Minnesota and last year with the Pirates after being acquired in August.
Morneau, 33, signed a two-year contract with the Rockies last December that includes a mutual option for 2016.
D-backs: Corbin not expected back until June 2015
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday he didn't expect Patrick Corbin to return from Tommy John surgery until June of next season, and on Wednesday, Corbin confirmed the news.
"I figured [I would] probably miss a month or so of next season," Corbin said.
Corbin underwent the operation on his left elbow in March. He'll begin his throwing program on Sept. 8.
Corbin was an All-Star last season while striking out 178 over 189 innings. He finished with a 14-8 record and a 3.41 ERA.
He is one of five D-backs pitchers currently working their way back from Tommy John surgery -- the others being Bronson Arroyo, Daniel Hudson, David Hernandez and Matt Reynolds.
• Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (thumb) will make his next scheduled start, according to Rockies manager Walt Weiss. De La Rosa was forced from Tuesday's start early with the injury.
• In his return from his second Tommy John surgery, Hudson will make his second rehab start Friday with Triple-A Reno. He's expected to join Arizona shortly after that.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.