"[Nick] didn't have a lot of drive [while in the hospital], but after Archie left, we couldn't keep him in bed. It's been nonstop since then," Vince Shumaker, Nick's father, said.
Nick, a freshman at Moon Valley High School, took a batted ball to his nose while playing third base. He required reconstructive surgery on his nose and around both orbital bones, Vince said.
Bradley did not require surgery -- and is expected to come off the disabled list and return to the mound May 16 at Philadelphia -- but that didn't keep him and Nick from bonding quickly over their injuries.
"What are the chances a kid in the Phoenix area gets hit the same day I do," Bradley said. "Meeting Nick and seeing what he had to go through, it put it all in perspective. I didn't need surgery like he did and it made me realize even more how fortunate I am."
Nick described his ordeal as "terrible ... but I got to meet Archie."
Bradley was the catcher as Nick threw out Saturday's ceremonial first pitch. Their first encounter, however, was a surprise.
"Archie stuck his head around the [hospital room] doorway and Nick's face lit up like a Christmas tree," Vince said. "They just sat there and talked. It was a real nice gesture that he did. I don't know how long they'll keep in contact but it's been pretty neat."
Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.