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6.22.2007

No Room For Bradley


In light of having better players to roam their outfield, the Oakland Athletics have designated Milton Bradley for assignment, a move that was definitely unforeseen at the beginning of this season.

With the emergence of rookie Travis Buck and the powerful bat of Jack Cust, along with the return of other players from injuries, there was just no room for Bradley on the 40-man roster.

Nick Swisher, Mark Kotsay, Shannon Stewart, Cust and Buck are all vying for spots in the grass, with Chris Snelling and Bobby Kielty expected to return from the disabled list soon.

The decision was aided by the fact that Bradley has been on the DL three times this season.

He was frustrated that it took the club two extra days to activate him this time around, saying Tuesday, "I'm healthy and on the bench." Bradley went 0-for-3 the following day.

Of course, the club has 10 days to either trade or release the outfielder. Since he has more than three years of big league service time, he has the option of refusing an assignment to the minors.

Bradley missed 51 games in all due to various injuries and has had five total stints on the DL in his two seasons with Oakland. He was hitting .292 with two homers and seven RBIs in 65 at-bats this year.

[Inside Bay Area]

6 comments:

Sanchez said...

Hey Sooze you see that Cubs, Rangers game yesterday? I don't know what the Rangers were thinking leaving Padilla out there so deep into the fifth, the guy was clearly in meltdown.

If it wasn't for that pinch hit in the ninth there would have been a lot of fan disgruntlement for allowing the Cubs to come back like that. It was a pretty good game though.