Top prospect Archie Bradley goes on DL for D-backs with 'mild' elbow strain

David Brown
Big League Stew

The worst record in Major League Baseball belongs to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they won't be getting help any time soon from their best prospect. The D-backs announced Tuesday that right-hander Archie Bradley is going on the seven-day disabled list for Class AAA Reno because of "a mild flexor strain in his right elbow."

Bradley will rest for two weeks and then start a throwing program, the D-backs said.

Bradley, rated before the season by Baseball America (and others) as the best pitching prospect in baseball other than Masahiro Tanaka, had gotten poor results with Reno, allowing 12 earned runs, 19 hits and eight walks over his past three starts.

Earlier in April, after Bradley's agent complained the D-backs have kept him in the minors for too long, general manager Kevin Towers said the major league club had given up the idea of bringing Bradley with them from spring training. It was hinted that Bradley being held back had something to do with the money the D-backs would owe him down the line. Towers noted that Bradley wasn't commanding his fastball like he was capable of and his secondary pitches weren't doing what they should.

Now we know that an injury has had something, if not everything, to do with Bradley's results.

The D-backs are last in the majors in ERA (5.27), tied for last in quality starts, tied for most home runs allowed, and are third from the bottom in on-base plus slugging allowed.

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