Tag:Milton Bradley
Posted on: August 14, 2010 6:26 pm

Surgery for Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley
Milton Bradley's disastrous first season in Seattle looks to be over, after the team announced that he'll undergo arthroscopic surgery on his sore right knee.

He'll have the operation Tuesday, in order for doctors to look around for damage and clean up any bone chips or irregularities that could be the source of the pain that has kept him out of action since July 26. Recovery time from the operation -- if they don't find any major damage -- is three to four weeks, and with only six weeks left in the season, the last-place Mariners don't really have any reason to rush him back.

Bradley came from the Cubs last winter in a let's-trade-horrible-contracts deal for Carlos Silva. Since arriving in Seattle, Bradley has flipped off fans, left the ballpark during a game and left the team for 15 days for "personal issues." Once in a while he has also played baseball, batting .205/.292/.348 with eight homers in 73 games. He's making $9 million this season and is due $12 million for next year.

Approached for comment by reporters in the visitors' clubhouse in Cleveland, Bradley said "I've got nothing to say" and continued his game of Golden Tee.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 23, 2010 1:07 am

Piniella on Bradley: 'I wish him the best'

Lou Piniella They probably didn't go out to dinner after the game, but Cubs manager Lou Piniella was at least diplomatic when talking about Milton Bradley.

The Cubs on Tuesday opened a three-game series in Seattle, where Piniella managed for 10 years. Bradley is with the Mariners this year after a disastrous season in Chicago and an even more disastrous (from the Mariners' perspective) trade between the Mariners and Cubs (who got the resurgent Carlos Silva and a load of cash in the deal).

Piniella and Bradley clashed repeatedly last season, including an incident in which Piniella sent the outfielder home in the middle of the game. Bradley left a Mariners game in May by his own choice, then took a two-week leave of absence. He said he went for counseling after his on-field struggles caused him to have thoughts of suicide.

"I'm glad that he's gotten some good help," Piniella told reporters Tuesday afternoon, as reported by the Chicago Tribune . "I'd like to see Milton do well. He was with us a year in Chicago and he did what he could. He came here to Seattle, and we like to see our ex-players do well, and Milton is no exception."

Did Piniella plan on speaking with Bradley?

"If I see him," he replied. "But I'm sure he's doing the best that he can and I wish him the best."

The same could not be said of the large contingent of Cubs fans at Safeco Field, who loudly booed Bradley when he came to the plate.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 20, 2010 2:47 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 3:17 pm

Which Wilson for Mariners?

Jack Wilson This much we know: On most days, "Wilson SS" will be written on the Mariners' lineup card.

The question is, which Wilson?

According to the Seattle Times , Jack Wilson will be activated from the disabled list Sunday, apparently sufficiently recovered from a hamstring problem that has limited him to 26 games this season. Playing in his place while he was gone: Josh Wilson.

It's an unwritten sports rule, or at least a common practice, that a starting player can't lose his spot just because of an injury. Josh Wilson, however, has made himself awfully difficult to take out of the lineup. He's batting .288, the highest among Mariners regulars with the exception of Ichiro Suzuki.

The Mariners are, to put it mildly, offense-challenged. They've scored the second-fewest runs in the American League and have a miserable, league-worst OPS of .660. So how do you shelve one of your few productive hitters? The Mariners are already backed up at DH with Mike Sweeney and, when he's not in the field, Milton Bradley

Jack Wilson (pictured), acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh last July, is a defensive specialist and an average hitter for a shortstop, though he has underperformed at the plate since arriving in Seattle (.236). He does, however, have a two-year, $10 million contract, so sitting him regularly would be tough.

Manager Don Wakamatsu said on June 9 that Josh Wilson would keep the job when Jack Wilson returned, with Jack being worked in "when we see the need for it." Today he said both will get time at shortstop, depending on matchups, and Josh Wilson will get some additional time as a utility player. Should be an interesting juggling act for Wakamatsu.

Matt Tuiasosopo is being sent to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Jack Wilson's return to the active roster.

-- David Andriesen

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