The hits keep on coming for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Archie Bradley, the top pitching prospect of the organization was put on the 7 day disabled list by the Triple A Reno Aces with what is being called a mild flexor strain in his elbow according to Steve Gilbert at mlb.com. Bradley is expected to rest for about two weeks before being allowed to play catch.
The 21-year old woke up after his last start feeling a little more sore than normal. He flew to Phoenix to be examined by team physician Dr. Michael Lee. The worst fear was relieved when it was determined that the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), the plague for pitchers this season, was intact with no fraying. General Manager Kevin Towers is optimistic that his prized pitcher will be throwing in games within a month.
Hopefully, this was the cause of Bradley’s recent struggles. He did not make it through five innings over his last three starts giving up 19 hits and eight walks over 12 1/3 innings. Any time we hear a problem with the pitching arm, we automatically think the worst, particularly with the luck of this staff. I don’t think any of us feel great about this setback but we can feel comforted by the fact that the there is no damage to the UCL.
We hope the big guy makes a quick and pain-free recovery.