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Rib injury delays Cody Bradford’s return to Rangers’ rotation

(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

 

ARLINGTON — What was initially described as minor back stiffness for left-hander Cody Bradford has turned into a pain in the neck for the Rangers.

Bradford has a stress fracture of his 12th right rib, manager Bruce Bochy said, and will be out at least another month. Bradford became eligible for reinstatement from the 15-day injured list Friday.

He had been unable to throw a bullpen session since his last start April 10 against Oakland.

“We did more tests because we knew probably something else was going on there,” Bochy said.

Bradford, from Aledo, was the last pitcher to make the rotation out of spring training and was thought to be the pitcher who would be sent to the bullpen once Michael Lorenzen was ready for his season debut. Instead, Bradford was arguably the Rangers’ best starter, going 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his first three starts.

The new diagnosis means that the rotation will stay intact until right-hander Max Scherzer returns. Opening Day starter Nathan Eovaldi was scheduled to start Friday and be followed by fellow right-handers Lorenzen and Dane Dunning. Jon Gray, another righty, and left-hander Andrew Heaney are in line for starts Tuesday and Wednesday.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

 

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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