Archie Bradley Injury: Updates on Diamondbacks Pitcher After Line Drive to Face

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist


Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley left the team's April 28 game at Chase Field against the Colorado Rockies after a line drive hit him in the face. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 29 with a sinus fracture.

The team reinstated him May 16.

Continue for updates.

Bradley Reinstated

Saturday, May 16

The Diamondbacks announced they activated Bradley from the disabled list ahead of Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

On April 30, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com passed along comments from Bradley, who noted he suffered nothing more than a sinus fracture as a result of the line drive that hit him in the face:

No fracture of the jaw, no fracture of the orbital bone. I guess I have a slight fracture of the sinus, which I'm not even sure what that is. If this was a playoff race or a playoff game, I could pitch tomorrow if the team needed it.

The Diamondbacks announced they placed Bradley on the disabled list with a right sinus fracture and that pitcher Enrique Burgos was recalled from Double-A Mobile.

The line drive came off the bat of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on April 28, and Bradley left the game after the scary moment in the second inning. David Kadlubowski of the Arizona Republic provided a look at Bradley after the play:

David Kadlubowski @Davidkadlu

Trainers tend to #Ddbacks pitcher Archie Bradley after he was hit in the face by a line drive in the second inning. http://t.co/Eg2J3eLMWl

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Bradley tweeted a picture of himself after the game, commenting on how bad things looked:

Archie Bradley @ArchieBradley7

Pretty ugly huh? In all Seriousness tho thanks for the text, tweets and prayers! Could have been a lot worse! #lucky http://t.co/NasQBYWqkz

Fox Sports' Jack Magruder reported that Bradley went to the hospital for further testing and never lost consciousness. Magruder also added that Bradley had no concussion but did have sinus cavity swelling.

Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com noted just how hard Gonzalez's hit truly was:

Nick Piecoro @nickpiecoro

Wow, 115 mph off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez. http://t.co/SMq7XnpqBD

Nick Piecoro @nickpiecoro

Per Baseball Savant, only six balls have been measured off the bat this year harder than that one by Carlos Gonzalez. http://t.co/8CUGbwAsb8

Fortunately for Bradley and the fans in attendance, things could have been much worse. Piecoro described the aftermath:

Nick Piecoro @nickpiecoro

Archie Bradley is on his feet and walking off on his own power. Standing ovation. That was a terrifying moment.

Bradley has been a pleasant surprise for the Diamondbacks in the early going and boasted a 2-0 record, 1.45 ERA and 0.96 WHIP entering play April 28.

Given Piecoro’s account, Bradley will ideally continue his hot start. However, it may take some time for him to return to peak physical health and overcome any lingering concerns about another line drive back up the box in future starts.

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