Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley was arrested Tuesday morning in Los Angeles for allegedly threatening a woman.
Officer Karen Rayner told the Los Angeles Times Bradley was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats. He was released from the Van Nuys jail this afternoon after posting $50,000 bail. The identity of the woman or details of the alleged threats were not released, according to The Times.
The Mariners released a statement by general manager Jack Zduriencik. The statement:
"After reaching Milton Bradley's representatives tonight I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles. While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very seriously. We are in the process of determining the full circumstances of what occurred today. Until we have more information, we will not be able to comment further."
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After being acquired in December of 2009 from the Cubs in a trade for pitcher Carlos Silva,
was supposed to be a middle of the order presence with some punch for a Mariners team in desperate need of it.
But that never materialized. Between injuries, poor performance and personal issues, Bradley played in 73 games in 2010, hitting .205 (50-for-244) with eight homers and 29 RBI. He walked out of Safeco Field before a game was over, spent two weeks in May on the restricted list for personal issues and then wound up having season-ending knee surgery in August.
Bradley is under contract for 2011, with the Mariners obligated to pay $12 million. It is too soon to know if this latest issue will change his status with the team.