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D-backs' Bradley OK after hard slide
Mobile righty removed from start for precautionary reasons
05/08/2013 3:04 PM ET
Archie Bradley has 11 strikeouts in eight innings since his promotion.
Archie Bradley has 11 strikeouts in eight innings since his promotion. (Chip English/BayBears)

The top D-backs right-handed pitching prospect, Archie Bradley, is expected to make his next start for Double-A Mobile after being removed from Wednesday's game for precautionary reasons when he tweaked his right knee on the basepaths.

Bradley, Arizona's No. 2 prospect, drew a leadoff walk in the third inning of Wednesday's game at Chattanooga and slid hard into second base when he tried to break up a double-play on Ender Inciarte's ground ball. He was taken out of the game and said he will be reevaluated on Thursday.

"Everything is fine," Bradley said via Twitter direct message. "I was cleared to go back out, but [there's] no reason to push. Reevaluating tomorrow morning, but everything is good [to] pitch again."

Bradley was walking around without discomfort after the game, and Mobile manager Andy Green said he also expects the right-hander to stay on track for his third Double-A outing.

"It was his first time on the basepaths since high school, he said," Green explained. "He took a very aggressive slide into second base. He had a little issue with his knee that appears to be resolved now."

Bradley struck out four and held the host Lookouts to a hit and a walk in two innings. He threw 21 of his 34 pitches for strikes in his first start since his Double-A debut on May 2, when he allowed a run on four hits over six frames to beat Huntsville.

"Nothing is wrong, no pain or anything," Bradley reiterated. "All good."

Arizona won't take any chances with the star right-hander -- Bradley was the D-backs' top pick in the 2011 Draft out of Broken Arrow (Okla.) Senior High School, going off the board as the No. 7 overall selection. He dazzled in the Class A Midwest League last summer, going 12-6 with a 3.84 ERA in 27 games as an All-Star for South Bend.

The 6-foot-4 righty began this year at Class A Advanced Visalia in the California League, where he was 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in five starts before earning a promotion earlier this month.

The 20-year-old lines up to start again on May 13 at home against Jacksonville, a Marlins affiliate.

"I think where we sit right now, he's scheduled to make his next start," Green said. "He felt good, strong, passed every test our trainer put him through. I'm sure we'll continue to monitor him the next couple days. He looked good, all things considered."

Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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