Milton Bradley underwent surgery today in Cincinnati to repair a lateral tear in his meniscus. The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Timothy Kremchek, was supposedly a success.
Bradley will be out 4 to 6 weeks, which basically ends his season with the Mariners.
“Yeah, that’s what it pretty much looks like," Mariners manager Daren Brown said. "Doing the math, it’s right close to it (the end). If it gets on the four-week side, we’ll see, but I would say it looks like that (out for season) right now.
If he is done for the remainder of the season, it seems fitting. Bradley was brought in to be a middle of the order presence, while trying to bounce back from an awful 2009 season with the Chicago Cubs where he failed to live up to a big free agent contract while alienating himself from teammates, management and fans.
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But Bradley never experienced that resurgence. In fact, this season started off with controversy, peeked with an emotional blow up and then ended prematurely amidst disappointment, lack of production and injury.
Bradley played in just 72 games, hitting .205 (50-for-244) with eight homers and 29 RBI.
And besides the struggles in the field, there was also a few embarrassing moments that started on the Mariners second series of the season.
Bradley, who played for the Texas Rangers for two seasons, was caught by television cameras giving heckling fans the middle finger salute.
But that incident paled in comparison to what happened on May 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field. Bradley was pulled from the game after throwing a temper tantrum in the dugout following a strikeout by manager Don Wakamatsu. Bradley was so incensed he left the stadium before the game was over with. A day later, Zduriencik announced that Bradley would be taking a leave from the team to work on personal issues. He was placed on the restricted list was away from the team for 15 days, missing 13 games.
Bradley is under contract for 2011 with the Mariners owing him $12 million for next season.
Dealing with the heat
The ridiculous heat and humidity that has blanketed the East Coast gave pitchers fits last night. Several admitted that they had a hard time gripping the ball, particularly on certain pitches.
"It wears on you," said last night's starter Doug Fister. "It's something you have to do all the time. But I had trouble getting around the curveball. You kind of just do what you can."
David Aardsma struggled with his split finger largely cause of the sweat on his fingers. Because of how the split finger is thrown, it makes it even more difficult to grip the ball with sweaty fingers.
“It ends up like spitting a watermelon seed," Brown said. "That’s how it comes out like. You really feel like you don’t have any control of it."
So what can the pitchers do?
“Whatever you can do, resin, dirt or other ways you can do it," Brown said. "It’s hard to control sweating. I think some of it, coming from Pacific Northwest where we don’t have this kind of humidity most of the time, and last night seemed that it was more humid than it had been, even in Cleveland. You have to figure something out. I know last night lot of them were saying it was hard to hang on to the ball, especially on breaking pitches. But you have adjust to it."
But it's tough to feel sorry for the pitchers when you compare what Adam Moore dealt with. The young catcher caught all nine innings and lost 12 pounds during last night's game.
"I started the game at 227 pounds and when I was done I weighed 215," he said. "I weighed 223 today."
But Moore said he felt fine today.
"I played in this weather back home in college," He said. "It's definitely something I have to get used to again. Just drinking a lot of fluids and eating some bananas to get rid of the cramps. Other than that, everything felt fine."
Indeed, Moore grew up in Mineola, Texas which is east of Dallas. He played college at the University of Texas at Arlington, which is right down the road from where the Rangers play. That place can be a sauna.
"I once lost 15 pounds playing in a game there," he said."But I was used to it my whole life so it wasn't really an adjustment."
Maybe that's why he played so well with four hits and a homer.
So if he's used to the heat, he must not mind it much, right?
"I hate it," he said. "You're hands are soaking wet with sweat. Seattle weather would be good for everywhere we played. You get spoiled playing in Seattle every day, 75-80 degrees max. Just beautiful weather."
Saunders gets a day off
“His shoulder is a little bit sore," Brown said. " He has played four days in a row so we thought it was important to give him today (off) and hopefully it’s better tomorrow. He can be used to pinch-run tonight. If he feels better tomorrow, if not, try to use the off-day as an extra day. He can be used if we need him. He’ll be all right. It actually is not bothering him throwing but bothers him a little when he’s swinging. He tweaked it last night in his last at-bat. It’s just a little soreness, nothing that bad. I expect he’ll be ready tomorrow night.”
- Ichiro RF
- Chone Figgins 2B
- Russell Branyan DH
- Jose Lopez 3B
- Franklin Gutierrez CF
- Casey Kotchman 1B
- Adam Moore C
- Ryan Langerhans LF
- Josh Wilson SS
LHP Luke French (1-3, 4.96 ERA)
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Nick Markakis RF
- Ty Wigginton 1 B
- Luke Scott DH
- Adam Jones CF
- Felix Pie LF
- Matt Wieters C
- Cesar Izturis SS
- Josh Bell 3B
RHP Kevin Millwood (2-12, 5.74 ERA)