Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:45:21 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Bronson Arroyo (elbow), who won't throw for 10 days due to a strained ulnar collateral ligament and irritation in the flexor mass in his right elbow, is just hoping he can avoid Tommy John surgery. He is hoping he can return to throwing by the All-Star break. Arroyo said his elbow has bothered him in his last six starts. General manager Kevin Towers said he doesn't think this injury is related to the bone chip that was revealed in an MRI exam during a preseason evaluation.
SPs Zeke Spruill and Mike Bolsinger are both options to replace Arroyo in the starting rotation. SP Archie Bradley (elbow) will not be an option, as he's working his way back from an elbow sprain. Bradley tossed three innings in a rehab start Monday, June 16.
Fantasy Tip: Given Arroyo's age, expect the D-Backs to be cautious with him and give him plenty of time to return to full health. Spruill and Bolsinger are NL-only options, at best.
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:03:42 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Archie Bradley is 1-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Reno.
Fantasy Tip: Bradley would be one of the prime candidates to replace an injured starter, but he's very hittable right now. He's worth stashing in NL-only leagues.
Thu, 22 May 2014 15:35:54 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Archie Bradley (elbow), who is on his second day of his throwing program after being shut down for three weeks with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow, said his biggest problem has been rushing himself on the mound. "Last year I was a lot slower with everything -- my delivery, my mechanics," he said. "That's how I was my first few starts. I don't know what changed or what happened, but everything just got quick on me. Everything was really quick. That's something I've been working on here." Bradley is hoping to resume pitching in games in July and thinks he can still make his major league debut this year.
Fantasy Tip: Bradley has a lot of work to do to earn a call-up to the majors once he's fully healthy to pitch in games again. He could easily be a September call-up, but expecting much more from him this year is foolish.
Wed, 14 May 2014 12:06:29 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Archie Bradley (elbow) will resume throwing in four to five days, according to general manager Kevin Towers. No further tests are scheduled for Bradley.
Wed, 14 May 2014 06:27:16 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Archie Bradley (elbow) is feeling much better and will be examined soon to determine when he can begin throwing.
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:33:47 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Archie Bradley's (elbow) mild flexor strain in his right elbow isn't considered serious, and he's not expected to miss more than a few weeks. Bradley will rest his arm for two weeks and resume throwing if his symptoms have gone away. He had a nice first outing with Triple-A Reno, but since, his command has abandoned him, and he's walking almost 4.5 hitters per nine innings.
Fantasy Tip: The D-Backs clearly don't want to rush Bradley and feel he needs some more time in the minors to mature and develop as a pitcher. His timetable for an MLB arrival has now been pushed back further, and we probably won't see him now until at least later this summer. If you were stashing him in a mixed league, it's time to consider other options for the time being.
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:18:32 -0700
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed SP Archie Bradley (elbow) on the 7-day minor league disabled list Tuesday, April 29, with a mild flexor strain in his right elbow. He will resume his throwing program after two weeks of rest.
Fantasy Tip: Those hoping Bradley would be promoted soon will be disappointed. Although the injury is characterized as mild, injuries to the flexor muscle in the elbow can lead to Tommy John surgery. Expect the Snakes to be very careful with him. A late summer arrival for their top pitching arm might be in jeopardy now.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:46:21 -0700
The Arizona Diamondbacks will not call up SP Archie Bradley yet despite their slow start. General manager Kevin Towers said the team is concerned about his struggles in his final two spring starts. They also don't want him to have the pressure of saving a rotation with a 4-12 record and a majors-worst 7.16 ERA. Bradley's agent has gone to bat for him. "I think it's very apparent what is going on in Arizona," Bradley's agent, Jay Franklin said.
"Archie Bradley has proven to the Diamondbacks organization that he has deserved that opportunity by keeping his mouth shut and letting his numbers speak for his chance to pitch in the major leagues."
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:29:52 -0700
The Arizona Diamondbacks re-assigned SP Archie Bradley to minor league camp Thursday, March 27.
Fantasy Tip: Kirk Gibson indicated that Bradley is close to major-league ready, and he'll likely be up in the bigs again before long. Until then, it looks like Randall Delgado will have a rotation spot to himself.
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:36:05 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Archie Bradley allowed three runs and six hits while walking three and striking out three in 3 2/3 innings against Team Australia Thursday, March 20, with a spot in the starting rotation on the line. "I think he's understanding what he's got to do. He's a young kid. People put a lot of expectations on him, it's part of the process," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Fantasy Tip: Bradley has the most upside of the team's options to fill out the rotation, but Arizona may deem that he's not ready. Bradley has struggled with the location of his secondary pitches, and he could probably use another trip to the minors for more seasoning. He might be worth a late-round flier in a deep mixed league if he wins the final rotation spot.