It was terrifying—as always—when Diamondbacks rookie starter Archie Bradley was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez in last night’s 12-5 Arizona win. But all things considered, it could have been so much worse.
Bradley will go on the 15-day DL with some slight damage to his sinus cavity, but that’s about it. He was immediately taken to the hospital for tests, which showed no concussion and no broken bones. While at the hospital, he Facetimed with his mother to let her know he was OK, and tweeted out this pic of his grotesquely swollen jaw:
Bradley actually returned to the ballpark to speak with reporters, telling them he didn’t remember the comebacker that got him.
“I tried to throw a curveball in there for a strike,” Bradley said. “I saw the pitch going toward the plate and then I woke up, and I was laying down, and I was like, ‘Oh, crap, what just happened?’
Emotionally, then, it might actually have been tougher on Carlos Gonzalez:
“For me, as a hitter, it was a nightmare,” said Gonzalez. “It’s something you don’t try to do, especially to a guy like him, who is really young and is starting his career. It’s devastating. It just ruined my night. It just ruined everybody’s night.