With their bench already frighteningly thin, and the status of Milton Bradley still up in the air, the Mariners were forced to make a roster move, placing Bradley on the restricted list and and calling up Michael Saunders from Triple A Tacoma.
"We had a few options and if you put a player on the DL, it's a minimum of 15 days," GM Jack Zduriencik said. "We chose to put him on a restricted list because in our estimation he'll be away from the club probably for five, six, seven days, something like that for sure."
Saunders wasn't at the ball park pregame, and manager Don Wakamatsu anticipated he would be at the stadium by 6 p.m.
Bradley was in street clothes and met with Wakamatsu and Zduriencik for about a half hour before the game and left the stadium. Why? Because he can't be with the team when he's on the restricted list.
So what is exactly does it mean to be on the restricted list. Well let's ask the greatest site in the world, baseball-reference.com ...which has this definition.
The Restricted list is a compendium of players who are out of organized baseball but are not free agents. A team can request that a player be placed on the restricted list if that player has left the team without a valid reason, or has announced his intention to retire but is still of an age or level of skill that could allow him to return to professional baseball in the future. In effect, the team states that it retains rights to the player if and when he becomes active again.
A player on the restricted list cannot be signed by another team unless compensation is paid to the team who placed him on the list. The list is honored throughout organized baseball and in leagues that have working agreements to respect the contracts of organized baseball, such as Nippon Pro Baseball. The list is most often used today when a player retires at a young age without receiving his unconditional release. If he decides to return to playing, he must do so with his last team, unless a trade or other deal can be worked out. Salomon Torres is a recent case of a player who spent a number of years on the restricted list.
In the past, the list was used for players who jumped from their contract to sign with an outlaw or independent league. The move signalled to other teams in organized baseball that this player was not free to return to another team and that the provisions of the reserve clause were still in effect in his case.Under the rules, Bradley cannot work out with the team or be a part of the team. He can use Safeco Field as long as the team isn't there. A players must spend a minimum of five days on the restricted list, and I still can't find if there is any limit to how long he can be on the list.
"He'll have his own ways of keeping himself in shape and getting ready to play, so he'll continue to do the best he can to stay sharp," Zduriencik said. "But that will be away from the ballclub."
Zduriencik said the plan is for Bradley to stay in Seattle to receive his help for the personal issues. Wakamatsu said Bradley had a session with a counselor this afternoon. But the Mariners aren't willing to discuss any further details preferring to give Bradley some privacy.
"We're still in the initial stages of it," he said.
Saunders has had his struggles of late in Tacoma. He's raised his average to .200 after getting seven hits in his last four games.
Other notes ...
SS Jack Wilson is day to day with a tender right hamstring.
LHP Erik Bedard's 60-pitch bullpen went well and he will throw a simulated game either Monday or Tuesday.
C Rob Johnson has bruised knuckles on his throwing hand, but is in the lineup.