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Angels reliever Archie Bradley suffers broken elbow during fight

Jeff Fletcher, The Orange County Register on

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — A day after nine members of the Angels were suspended for their roles in Sunday’s fight against the Mariners, the team revealed that Archie Bradley will suffer the most.

The Angels relief pitcher tripped going over the dugout railing when the fight began, bracing himself with his hand and suffering a fractured right elbow. He won’t be able to throw for at least four weeks, and the total time he’ll miss could end up being “a couple months,” head athletic trainer Mike Frostad said on Tuesday.

Bradley was not available in the Angels’ clubhouse when it was open to the media on Tuesday.

Bradley, 29, has a 4.82 ERA in 21 games this season, but he’s been pitching better after a rough first five games. Bradley has a 2.08 ERA since April 24, holding opponents to a .196 batting average.

“Obviously, the way he’s been throwing the ball recently and what he brings to the clubhouse every day, it’s a big loss,” Angels acting manager Ray Montgomery said.

Further depleting the Angels’ bullpen depth, right-hander Jimmy Herget suffered a setback in his rehab from a shoulder impingement. Herget was shut down after feeling more discomfort when he tried to throw, Frostad said.

 

The Angels are also going to be without closer Raisel Iglesias and setup man Ryan Tepera at some point, because each was suspended for their roles in the fight. Tepera (three games) and Iglesias (two) each appealed their suspensions, so they remain active until a decision is rendered. Right-hander Andrew Wantz is serving his three-game suspension right now, so he’ll be back after the current series.

The only good news relating to the Angels’ bullpen depth is that right-hander Austin Warren began his rehab assignment at Triple-A on Tuesday. Warren, who is out with a right triceps strain, is expected to pitch in “a few” games, Frostad said.

Nevin’s perspective

Manager Phil Nevin, who served the first game of his 10-game suspension on Monday night, said it was difficult to watch the Angels’ 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

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