Archie Bradley struggles vs. Aussies

Updated: March 21, 2014, 12:49 PM ET
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SYDNEY -- With a potential spot in the starting rotation on the line, prospect Archie Bradley was unimpressive while getting knocked around in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 5-0 loss to Team Australia in an exhibition game at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

Bradley is a possible replacement in the rotation for the injured Patrick Corbin as the Diamondbacks prepare for the Major League Baseball season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the SCG on Saturday.

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Brendon Thorne/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesArchie Bradley, the Diamondbacks' top pitching prospect, entered Friday's exhibition with a 4.32 ERA in spring training.

But Bradley gave up three runs, including a home run and six hits along with three walks and three strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings.

"Archie didn't have his command very well and they did a good job getting at him," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's got some things to learn and that's one of the reasons we threw him into this game.

"I think he's understanding what he's got to do. He's a young kid. People put a lot of expectations on him, it's part of the process."

Bradley, 21, entered Friday with a 4.32 ERA and 10 strikeouts over 8 1/3 innings this spring. The right-hander posted a 1.97 ERA in 21 starts at Double-A Mobile last season and recently was rated as baseball's No. 9 overall prospect by ESPN Insider Keith Law.

The Diamondbacks stranded 11 runners and Paul Goldschmidt was hitless in four at-bats. Australia starter Tim Atherton went three scoreless innings to get the win, allowing three hits with two strikeouts and left with a 2-0 lead. Seven Australian pitchers blanked the Diamondbacks, who had nine hits but never managed to string them together.

Gibson said Corbin, who could be gone for the season with a partially torn ligament in his left pitching elbow, will have more medical testing done Monday in the United States to determine the extent of the injury and whether it will require surgery.

The Dodgers beat Australia 4-2 on Thursday after the home side led 2-0.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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