Bradley fractures elbow, expected to miss 2 months

June 29th, 2022

ANAHEIM -- The fallout from Sunday’s brawl with the Mariners continued on Tuesday for the Angels, as right-handed reliever Archie Bradley was diagnosed with a right elbow fracture that he sustained while falling over the dugout railing in an attempt to join the fracas.

Bradley, 29, will be shut down for at least four weeks with the injury and is expected to miss roughly two months, according to head athletic trainer Mike Frostad. It’s another blow for the Angels, who also saw interim manager Phil Nevin, four players and four coaches suspended for their involvement in Sunday’s incident. Bradley, who didn’t pitch on Sunday or Monday, was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to Monday. Right-hander Chase Silseth, who started against the White Sox on Tuesday, was called up to replace Bradley.

“With the way he’s been throwing the ball recently and what he brings to the clubhouse, it’s a huge loss,” said acting manager Ray Montgomery. “In the short term, guys are going to have to step up. I think we’ve done a good job all year of picking up other guys. We’ll miss him, for sure, but the guys down there know what they need to do.”

Bradley, who signed a one-year deal worth $3.75 million in the offseason, has posted a 4.82 ERA with 15 strikeouts, seven walks and one homer allowed in 18 2/3 innings this year. He missed most of May with a left abdominal strain but had posted a 2.70 ERA over 13 outings since his return on May 25.

“His overall time down could be a couple of months,” Frostad said. “It won’t have any long-term effects. He won’t even be in a cast. With this injury, the biggest thing is to keep it moving and keep that range in the elbow. It’s a well-documented injury in orthopedics. It happens with a fall with an outstretched hand.”

Bradley’s injury is the second one related to Sunday’s brawl, as Mariners catcher Luis Torrens was also placed on the 10-day injured list with a sore left shoulder on Monday.