Milton Bradley placed on restricted list, unlikely to rejoin Mariners any time soon

5 Comments

Milton Bradley must sit out five games after the Mariners placed him on the restricted list yesterday, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that “he’ll be gone at least a week and likely longer.”
According to Baker, the perpetually disgruntled outfielder “will remain in Seattle and work out on his own, but won’t be rejoining the team until everybody involved feels that he’s ready.” Or as general manager Jack Zduriencik put it: “When we’re satisfied that he’s mentally ready to resume playing and feels comfortable in his surroundings here.”
In the meantime the Mariners are expected to have Ryan Langerhans split time in left field with Michael Saunders, who was called up from Triple-A last night to replace Bradley on the roster. They’re both lefty bats, but Saunders is a 23-year-old prospect while Langerhans is a 30-year-old journeyman, so the Mariners figure to give Saunders every opportunity to claim a larger share of the starts if he looks good initially.
Saunders struggled in his first taste of the majors last season and got off to a poor start at Triple-A this year, but hit .310 with a .922 OPS at Triple-A in 2009 and looks capable of being a .275 hitter with 20-homer power eventually if things break right.

Clay Buchholz makes first major league start in over a year

Al Bello/Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Diamondbacks selected the contract of pitcher Clay Buchholz from Triple-A Reno ahead of Sunday’s game against the Mets. It marked Buchholz’s first major league start since April 11 last season (also against the Mets) when he was a member of the Phillies. Shortly after that start, he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his flexor pronator mass and he ended up not being able to pitch the rest of the season.

Buchholz signed a minor league deal with the Royals but he opted out of his contract at the beginning of this month. The Diamondbacks signed him to a minor league deal a few days later, needing depth with a depleted starting rotation. Buchholz made two starts for Reno before getting the call Sunday.

Buchholz, 33, pitched well on Sunday against the Mets, lasting five innings and limiting the opposition to a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. His only blemish was allowing a solo home run to Amed Rosario leading off the sixth. He was immediately relieved by T.J. McFarland afterwards.

It is not yet clear if Buchholz will get another turn through the D-Backs’ rotation.