D-backs pitcher Bradley walks off after line drive to face

Even if you're not a baseball fan, a play in Tuesday night's Diamondbacks game may have caught your attention.

A young pitcher, Archie Bradley took a baseball line drive to his face. 

It had the potential to end his season if not worse.

"Just happened so fast, I remember throwing the pitch, and the next thing I knew I was on the ground looking at the dirt," said Archie Bradley.

Dr. Pablo Prichard, the head of plastic surgery at John C. Lincoln Hospital said he is surprised Bradley wasn't more seriously injured.

If the ball had struck his face a few inches higher or lower, the injury could have been catastrophic.

"The ball was coming so fast it hit him straight on; he didn't have enough time to turn so he just had a fracture of his sinus. you're never lucky when you get hit in the face with a ball, however if you were to get hit in the face this is a good place, you have a lot of cushioning right there, and if you get hit in the sinus without fracturing the upper jaw you don't need an operation," said Prichard.

"I'm not in a ton of pain, a little bit of pain, but after watching the video from numerous angles, I'm lucky it's not worse than it is, just lucky, blessed, and fortunate," said Bradley.

Prichard said he recently treated a softball player who was playing third base when he was hit by a softball, traveling much slower than the ball that hit Bradley.

The injury to the softball player's jaw and nose required three metal plates be used to put his face back together. Archie Bradley is really a lucky young man.
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