The Los Angeles Angels have been without reliever Archie Bradley since he suffered a left abdominal strain on April 30, but following what was his final box to check on his rehab process, he had a bit of non-baseball-related bad news.
Bradley tossed a scoreless seventh inning in a 3-0 win over San Jose for the Low-A Inland Empire 66ers. But when he came home, he found his nine-year-old black labrador retriever named Crash had gotten out of the backyard of his Newport Beach home and was missing.
It was a little after midnight and Bradley posted the news to social media accompanied by a picture of Crash asking if anyone could help find his dog, and then went out to try and find his dog in the middle of the night, via Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times:
“I just went and walked the canyon behind my house looking for him,” Bradley said. “I knew I was probably wasting my time, but I had to do it. If you’ve ever lost a dog, you can’t help it.”
Bradley was able to reunite with Crash because of a microchip and some help from his local Animal Shelter. However, it wasn’t until the next morning he saw his dog again:
Bradley was up for most of the night, but he was very happy to report Sunday morning that there was a Crash landing. The dog was picked up and brought to the Newport Beach Animal Shelter, and Bradley and Crash were reunited at 9 a.m., when the shelter opened.
“I had changed my phone number a few times, so the number on the chip wasn’t registered, but long story short, they got ahold of me,” Bradley said. “The shelter wouldn’t disclose who turned him in. … I’m running on about an hour of sleep. It was not a fun night, but we’re good now.”
It was surely a whirlwind and a long day for Bradley, but thankfully it all worked out in the end.
Bradley activated off IL
On Monday, the Angels activated Bradley off the IL, along with catcher Max Stassi, and optioned Chad Wallach and Jose Suarez to Triple-A.
on Wednesday, Bradley pitched a scoreless, 1-2-3 inning with one strikeout in his first appearance back against the Texas Rangers in a 7-2 loss.
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