May 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley against the Washington Nationals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
For the second time this season, Archie Bradley will be taking a trip to the disabled list. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ rookie was diagnosed with right shoulder tendinitis according to Nick Piecoro at azcentral.com. To take Bradley’s place on the roster, the D’backs recalled left-hander Robbie Ray from Triple A Reno and promptly gave him the ball this evening, starting against the New York Mets.
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Bradley first went on the DL in late April after he was hit in the face with a line drive off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez. At the time, he was pitching very well. He sported a 1.45 ERA in his first three Major League starts, covering 18 2/3 innings. After his stint was complete, the 22-year old Bradley seemed to be a different pitcher. He dropped three games, received a no-decision in another game and never got past the fifth inning in any of those outings. He took the loss in Monday’s game vs. the Atlanta Braves, surrendering five runs on eight hits in five innings.
Once viewed as the organization’s top pitching prospect, Bradley’s star has fallen considerably over the past 14 months. After being spent to Triple A Reno at the end of Spring Training in 2014, he had command issues before missing six weeks with a flexor strain in his right elbow. Control has been a factor for a good portion of this season and now he has a shoulder injury. It is too early to tell how much time he will miss but some time at Reno upon his return might be best for him.