The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed starting pitcher Archie Bradley on the 15-day disabled list after he was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez in the second inning of last night's game at Chase Field.
The team announced it is calling up reliever Enrique Burgos from Double-A Mobile for the time being:
Arizona was forced to use six relievers in last night's 12-5 win over Colorado, so Burgos, who has not allowed a run in 6⅔ innings this season at Mobile, will be used for bullpen depth over the next several days until the Diamondbacks need to fill Bradley's rotation spot.
When a replacement for Bradley is needed, the likely option is 27-year-old lefty Vidal Nuno, who had a 3.76 ERA in 14 starts for Arizona last year and has a 3.60 ERA in 25 innings this season would be 23-year-old Robbie Ray, who came to the Diamondbacks in the Didi Gregorius trade in December.
The news on Bradley is as good as can be expected for someone who was hit in the face by a 115 mph line drive, as Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa told the Doug & Wolf Show in Phoenix he does not expect a long absence for the 22-year-old:
Tony La Russa on Archie Bradley: Our expectations are the disabling period will be shorter rather than longer.— Doug & Wolf Show (@DougandWolf987) April 29, 2015
Bradley was off to a strong start in his rookie season, having allowed just four runs on nine hits in 20 innings, good for a 1.80 ERA. He did have some control issues, however, walking 11 in his four starts while striking out 14.