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Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley shut down with elbow injury

Apr 29, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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Arizona’s season can get worse, it turns out: Now stud pitching prospect Archie Bradley, who seemed to be on the verge of arriving in the majors, has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list with flexor strain in his elbow.

Officially the Diamondbacks are calling Bradley’s injury a “minor” strain, but the hard-throwing right-hander struggled for three straight starts before being shut down, allowing 12 runs in 12 innings while walking eight.

Bradley was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft and ranked as a consensus top-25 prospect in each of the past three seasons. Last season, at age 20, he threw 152 innings with a 1.84 ERA between Single-A and Double-A. But now general manager Kevin Towers won’t have to answer questions about why Bradley isn’t in the majors for a while.

  1. historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Ugh

  2. thailer35 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Stretch this injury out as long as they need to. Get him back about half way through the season, then bring him up to the show for the last quater or so to get him some major league experience. No reason to rush for this already lost season.

  3. andreweac - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Incoming TJ surgery…

  4. vanmorrissey - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Everything falling apart and this does not sound well based on other similar injuries. Hope not since Bradley is such a good prospect but it happens. Look at Bundy for Baltimore.

  5. fthrvic - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    What a disaster this season has been for the Dbacks. Just no way around it.

  6. gbrim - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    At least Kendrick/Towers can’t trade him right now. I’m sure at 8-21 they are still in ‘win now’ mode and aren’t done decimating the farm system yet.

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