Video: Archie Bradley Hit By Line Drive, Walks Off Under Own Power

There was a scary moment in Arizona tonight. Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez in the top of the second inning. The ball, which was clocked at 115 MPH off the bat, hit Bradley square in the right side of his face. Bradley lay motionless for several minutes while he was attended to by the Arizona training staff, but it is unclear whether he lost consciousness.

Bradley, a 22-year-old rookie making his fourth career start, gave a thumbs up sign to the crowd as he exited the field under his own power, but the right side of his face was visibly swollen.

Bradley will surely be evaluated carefully. In 2012, A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar. McCarthy never lost consciousness and walked off the field under his own power, but he suffered serious, life-threatening complications later that night and dealt with the effects of the injury for months.

Bradley is off to a great start to his career; in his first three starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in 18.2 innings.

UPDATE: A couple things to pass along from the Diamondbacks’ Twitter account. First, Bradley never lost consciousness:

Later, some good news about the tests:

ONE LAST UPDATE: Bradley tweeted a picture of himself and appears to be feeling well and in good spirits:

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