Bradley could begin rehab assignment next week

PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley could begin a rehab assignment next week if his next two throwing sessions go well.

Bradley will throw a bullpen session this weekend and then a simulated game early next week, D-backs manager Chip Hale said. The next step would be to start a rehab assignment with one of the franchise's minor league affiliates.

"I want to get back," Bradley said Friday. "I want to pitch again this year and help this team win. When you're sitting at home watching the team on the road it's not any fun. It gives me motivation every day when I get to the field to push myself and try to get back as fast as I can."

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Bradley went on the disabled list June 4 with right shoulder tendinitis and sought a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in early July.

"The biggest thing is every day and in the two bullpens I haven't felt anything," Bradley said.

Bradley posted a 1.45 ERA in his first three starts this season before he was hit in the face by a comebacker and went on the DL. When he returned, Bradley posted a 10.91 ERA in four starts before the shoulder issue arose.

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