Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley would probably already be in the majors if not for being shut down with an elbow injury in late April, but the 21-year-old right-hander is healthy enough to make a minor-league rehab start yesterday.
It wasn’t an official regular season game, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Bradley tossed three innings in a rookie-ball exhibition versus Reds minor leaguers. According to Piecoro he allowed one run, struck out three, and was clocked at 93 miles per hour, which is very good news.
Bradley will likely be assigned to a regular minor-league team–presumably Triple-A–later this month, and then if he pitches well there while staying healthy the clock on his MLB debut can begin ticking again. Coming into the season Baseball America ranked Bradley as their ninth-best prospect.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.