A scorching, 104 MPH comebacker off the bat of Rangers' catcher Jonah Heim drilled Orioles' starter Kyle Bradish in the foot last night with two on and one out in the bottom of the second inning of last night's opener at Globe Life Field. Bradish attempted just one warm up pitch with the trainers before confirming his night was over.
The Orioles' bullpen, which gravely struggled in the opening series at Fenway Park, came to the rescue, as Danny Coloumbe, Tyler Wells, and Felix Bautista combined to throw 7.1 hitless innings en route to a 2-0 series-opening win against the Rangers. But there was legitimate concern for Bradish, who had earned the number four spot in the rotation after a solid spring and a terrific finish to his 2022 season.
Per Steve Melewski of MASN, "Bradish suffered a right foot contusion. Preliminary X-rays were negative for a fracture and he will undergo further evaluation and testing." Bradish's next scheduled start was to be Sunday afternoon at home against the Yankees.
Austin Voth, DL Hall, or Grayson Rodriguez are options to take Bradish's rotation spot if he has to miss time. Wells would've pitched on Tuesday against the Rangers, but after throwing five no hit innings in relief, he's no longer starting.
Because of last week's off day, Kyle Gibson would be on regular rest to pitch on Tuesday after his opening day start. Voth can make a spot start if necessary, or they could call up Hall from Norfolk if Bradish needs to miss a turn. I don't think Rodriguez would get called up unless he fights his way into the big league rotation.
While we wait for news on Bradish, I'd like to give a shoutout to the Orioles bullpen for their work after he departed. Bradish allowed only one hit in his start, and it turned out to be the only hit the Rangers got. Wells, Coulombe, and Félix Bautista shut down the Rangers from there, combining to strike out five hitters over the rest of the game. Good work fellas.