PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley stood in front of reporters at his locker after Tuesday’s night game – which was remarkable all by itself given what happened to the young right-hander in the second inning.
Bradley answered questions with a clear head after he took a line drive above the jaw on the right side of his face off the bat of Colorado Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez. After laying on the ground for a while with anguished teammates squatting nearby, Bradley was able to get to his feet, walk off the mound and let the crowd know he was OK with a thumbs-up gesture.
A scan at a Phoenix hospital didn’t reveal anything of concern beyond slight sinus cavity damage, and Bradley was back with his teammates at the stadium after Arizona’s 12-5 win.
”How’s it going, guys?” the 22-year-old Bradley asked, then tried to recall what happened. ”I tried to throw a curveball in there for a strike and I saw the pitch going towards the plate, then I woke up and I was laying down. I got myself together and opened my eyes. I could see, wiggled my feet and the next thing I know the trainers are there.”
Bradley held an ice pack to his cheek, a small bruise under his right eye having formed as his face had swelled up.
”It’s part of the game, Obviously you hate to see it. It hurt pretty bad,” Bradley said. ”But I hate it because now I don’t know the diagnosis, how bad it is or even if it’s bad at all.”
He said he felt little pain and no headache, but the team’s medical staff is expected to have a more complete update as soon as Wednesday. The club announced during the game that Bradley never lost consciousness.
Bradley and Arizona manager Chip Hale both said the exit speed of the ball off Gonzalez’s bat was 115 mph. Major League Baseball uses technology that measures such numbers and recently began making it available on broadcasts and online.
”Didn’t have any symptoms of concussion, which was a good sign,” Diamondbacks head trainer Ken Crenshaw said. ”The jaw looks great, his orbital looks great, vision’s fine and all of those things looked really well. So it looks favorable. They just want a favorable read (Wednesday).”
Hale called Bradley ”a tough kid” but said it’s likely he’ll go on the disabled list.
Gonzalez was distraught after the game, saying his night was ruined and that he intended to visit Bradley.
”That is one thing you see once in a while on the diamond that you really wish you never see when you are playing,” Gonzalez said. ”For me as a hitter, it’s a nightmare. It’s something you don’t try to do. Seeing one of those guys going down, especially a guy like him, who is really young and starting his career.”
Aside from the frightening scene, the Diamondbacks got plenty of offense from Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt in ending a four-game losing streak. Trumbo went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer and a two-run triple.
Arizona staked Bradley to a 3-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Goldschmidt and Trumbo’s triple. Bradley was charged with a run in the second when DJ LeMahieu singled in Justin Morneau against reliever Andrew Chafin, who ended up with his first major league win following 2 2-3 innings of work.
After the Rockies tied the score at 3, the Diamondbacks scored the next five runs. Four came on two-run homers by Trumbo and David Peralta.
Goldschmidt reached base in his 19th straight game against Colorado and went 3 for 3 with three RBIs as the Diamondbacks scored their most runs this season.
Chafin squandered the lead by giving up two doubles and a single in the fourth. Charlie Blackmon drove in pitcher Kyle Kendrick with a double, and Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-out single to score Blackmon, who had three hits and two RBIs.
Kendrick (1-3) was tagged for home runs by Peralta in the fourth and Trumbo in the fifth.
Trumbo’s thoughts, however, were with Bradley.
”It was a gut-punch,” Trumbo said.
Bradley, a prized prospect who made the roster out of spring training, is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA – including a win in his major league debut over Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
The right-hander, selected seventh overall by Arizona in the 2011 amateur draft, went 1 1-3 innings with two strikeouts. He allowed two hits.
Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin, coming back from Tommy John surgery last year, threw 30 pitches in a two-inning simulated game at Chase Field. Corbin could return to the mound this summer.
”He looked great. His fastball looked good. He was throwing all his pitches,” Hale said.
Hale said Corbin is scheduled for another simulated game Sunday at Salt River Fields, the team’s spring training site.
Arizona pitcher David Hernandez, also coming off 2014 elbow surgery, threw in a game situation for the second time. Hale said he didn’t think Hernandez felt as good as he did after his first outing. Hernandez threw 20 pitches in an inning.
Rockies: Jordan Lyles, who is 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA in six starts against the Diamondbacks, pitches Wednesday in Phoenix.
Diamondbacks: Josh Collmenter has a 2.70 ERA over his last three starts, but is 1-3 this season. He faces the Rockies on Wednesday.