Top prospect Archie Bradley is to get the start for the Arizona Diamondbacks against Team Australia in an exhibition game today, with a potential spot in the starting rotation following a serious injury to Patrick Corbin.
Left-hander Corbin was scheduled to pitch the opening game of the MLB season against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers tomorrow at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but Corbin has a partially torn ligament in his left elbow that may require season-ending surgery.
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson yesterday said he had no update on Corbin’s condition, but that the 21-year-old Bradley would pitch “five [innings] and 75 [pitches], or maybe up to 90” in the Diamondbacks’ final outing before the weekend series.
In Corbin’s absence, left-hander Wade Miley is to get the start against Kershaw.
When Corbin was injured, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said there were three “in-house” candidates to join the rotation: Bradley, right-hander Randall Delgado and Josh Collmenter, who normally is the long reliever. Corbin returned this season as the No. 1 starter.
Collmenter pitched in a simulated game yesterday during a Diamondbacks workout and was rocked by an opposite-field home run by outfielder Mark Trumbo.
Considered among the best pitching prospects in the minors, Bradley was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft.
He is 26-11 overall in the minors, has reached Double A and averages more than one strikeout per inning.
Before Corbin’s injury, it was likely the Diamondbacks might have started Bradley off in the minors to work on his secondary pitches.
Bradley allowed just three hits without a run in 6-1/3 previous innings this spring, but he only got through two innings against the Seattle Mariners on March 13, allowing four runs on five hits with two walks.
“He’s had a couple of good bullpens, but he didn’t have a very good outing last time,” Gibson said yesterday.
“We’re hoping he’ll go well tomorrow night,” he added.