Milton Bradley was activated from the restricted list on Wednesday evening and is in the Mariners’ lineup tonight against Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil, reports the Everett Herald’s Kriby Arnold.
Bradley missed the last 13 games in order to sort out some of the emotional issues that have caused him to act out on and off the baseball field during his 10-year MLB career. He left the M’s clubhouse in the middle of a game in early May and later butted heads with Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu, but will try to put it all behind him and help the Mariners climb out of the AL West cellar starting this evening. Here’s what he told Larry Stone of the Seattle Times before the game:
“I don’t have all the answers. I’m not saying I’m cured, but I’m working ever so hard. I’m committed to the process.”
The outfielder was batting .214/.313/.371 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 70 at-bats before the Mariners placed him on the restricted list May 6.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.