Bradley 'getting back in the groove of things'

Bradley 'getting back in the groove of things'

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley threw 2 2/3 innings on 54 pitches in an extended spring game Thursday morning at Salt River Fields.

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"Just kind of getting back in the groove of things," Bradley said. "It was the first start of maybe one or two more rehab starts. I don't really know the plan. Just felt good to get back out there, face some hitters and get back into it."

Bradley was placed on the disabled list June 4 with right shoulder tendinitis. Bradley had previously been on the DL for two weeks at the end of April and beginning of May after being struck in the face by a line drive.

After he returned from that injury, Bradley struggled in four straight starts, compiling a 10.91 ERA. Bradley told the team he was feeling some discomfort in the shoulder, and he was diagnosed with tendinitis.

"With kind of the fatigue and tendinitis or whatever I was dealing with, we bumped up the shoulder program, the exercises and stuff like that just trying to get it strengthened and back up to 100 percent," Bradley said.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.