With one out in the inning, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez hit a 2-0 fastball off the right side of Bradley's face. Gonzalez reached base on the play. Bradley's face swelled up immediately but he was able to walk off the field on his own strength. Bradley was replaced by fellow rookie hurler Andrew Chafin.
Gonzalez is routinely one of the hardest hitters in baseball, and his liner that caught Bradley's cheek was no different:
MLB's tracking tech measured Gonzalez's line drive as 115 mph off bat. He's the #Rockies hardest hitter. Hit Bradley square in the face.— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) April 29, 2015
Per Baseball Savant, only six balls have been measured off the bat this year harder than that one by Carlos Gonzalez. http://t.co/8CUGbwAsb8— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) April 29, 2015
Bradley, 22, was making just his fourth major league start. The D-backs' first-round pick in the 2011 draft entered Tuesday with a 1.45 ERA in 18⅔ innings. Bradley struck out 12 batters and walked 11 in his first three starts.
After the game, Bradley tweeted an update: