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.
With last Wednesday’s start against the Yankees, Mariners hurler Hisashi Iwakuma pushed his 2016 innings total up to 2016. That clears the 162-inning hurdle for his 2017 option to vest at $14 million. However, as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports, the language in Iwakuma’s contract also stipulates that the right-hander finish the season without suffering a specific injury.
Iwakuma, 35, was in agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year contract back in December but failed the physical, which nullified the deal. He ended up signing with the Mariners on a one-year, $12 million deal with a full no-trade clause and club options for 2017 and ’18 that vest at specific inning thresholds (162 each or 324 for both seasons).
This season, Iwakuma has stayed healthy, making 26 starts to the tune of a 14-9 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 118/36 K/BB ratio in 163 innings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki deposited a single to left-center field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Mets, then added a double to center field in the eighth. Those mark hits No. 3,010 and 3,011 for Suzuki in his major league career, tying and then moving past Wade Boggs for sole possession of 27th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Suzuki would come around to score on a double by Xavier Scruggs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Here’s the video of Ichiro’s first hit.
By the end of the season, Suzuki will have presumably moved ahead of Rafael Palmeiro (26th; 3,020) and Lou Brock (25th; 3,023).
Suzuki was 2-for-4 after the double. With baseball’s fifth month nearly complete, the 42-year-old is currently batting .298/.371/.373.