Bradley throws off mound, set for sim game

Righty on DL since early June with right shoulder tendinitis

Bradley throws off mound, set for sim game

PHOENIX -- D-backs starter Archie Bradley has returned to throwing off a pitcher's mound and will soon be pitching in a simulated game before heading out on a rehab assignment.

Bradley has been on the disabled list since early June with right shoulder tendinitis. At the beginning of July, the right-hander was shut down completely for 10 days to allow his shoulder to rest after he visited noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who found no further damage.

D-backs manager Chip Hale said that Bradley's simulated game will be soon and the starter will be facing infielder Phil Gosselin, who is also on the DL with a thumb injury. The plan will then be for Bradley to pitch with a Minor League affiliate before making his return to the bigs.

Bradley said the bullpen sessions he has completed, including the most recent one on Sunday, have been encouraging.

"Biggest thing is every day and in the two bullpens, I haven't felt anything," Bradley said. "It's kind of been back to normal, the way I'm supposed to be, so that's good."

In eight starts for the D-backs this season, Bradley is 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA.

Jake Rill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.