Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley was placed on the disabled list in late July with a diagnosis of patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Soreness, in other words. On Saturday, the issue got a bit more serious.
According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Bradley will undergo exploratory surgery on his right knee Tuesday and is likely to miss the remainder of the 2010 season. Because the procedure isn’t totally defined, there’s no way of knowing if he can totally be ruled out. But he’ll need to rest and rehab for at least six weeks and the calendar is moving awfully close to October. Bradley was asked Saturday about a possible return date:
“I’ve got nothing to say,” he replied.
The 32-year-old turned in a .205/.292/.348 batting line, eight home runs and 29 RBI over 244 at-bats this season. He’s under contract for $12 million in 2011, but he had a poor showing this year and the Mariners may try to move him this winter in a salary dump. At least, that would make sense.
Another day, another Mets injury. Starter Robert Gsellman appeared to injure his leg attempting to beat out an infield single in the top of the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins. Paul Sewald relieved him in the bottom half of the inning.
Gsellman allowed three runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts on 54 pitches before exiting. At the plate, he went 1-for-2 with a single which came in the third inning.
The Mets should provide information about Gsellman’s status later this evening. The team could be looking at yet another pitcher to add to the disabled list. Other injured Met pitchers include Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, Tommy Milone, and Josh Smoker. And injured position players include Neil Walker, Juan Lagares, and David Wright. It’s been a rough year.
The Giants will call up infielder Jae-gyun Hwang from Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reports.
Hwang, 29, signed with the Giants as a free agent from South Korea. He’ll earn a prorated salary of $1.5 million in the majors and has a chance to earn up to an additional $1.6 million in performance bonuses.
At Triple-A, Hwang hit .287/.333/.476 with seven home runs and 44 RBI in 279 plate appearances. He has mostly played first and third base, but also spent 17 defensive innings in left field. First base is spoken for with Brandon Belt, but Hwang could get the occasional start at the hot corner or in left field in San Francisco.
Hwang spent the previous 10 seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. In his final season with the Lotte Giants last year, he hit .335/.397/.570 with 27 homers and 113 RBI.