Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley to See Dr. James Andrews

By Thomas Lynch

Apr 28, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It is the doctor that every Major League pitcher dreads going to see.  Now, it is Archie Bradley‘s turn to face the music. The Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher has been on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis and is now looking for a second opinion. So just who is Mr. Bradley going to visit? Why it’s Dr. James Andrews, of course, per Steve Gilbert at mlb.com.

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After his rehab start on Wednesday, the young right-hander complained of shoulder stiffness. He was sent back to Phoenix where he was examined by team physician Gary Waslewski. The diagnosis was tendinitis. General manager Dave Stewart was at the game and he offered his thoughts on what he saw:

"He averaged 93 mph, which is good. I did think that his breaking ball was a little flat and his changeup was a little flat, but that was mechanical. From my eyes he’s just dropping his shoulder and pushing the ball, versus throwing it."

It is very rare that a pitcher goes to see Dr. Andrews and leave without an appointment for Tommy John surgery. Should Bradley dodge that huge bullet, it still seems as though he may not be ready for a return to the D’backs’ rotation any time season. Perhaps he will be like Masahiro Tanaka and rest and then pitch through his ailment. Far be it for me or anyone else to say, “Just get the surgery and you will be fine”.  We will update you with any information on this developing story.