Bradley back in Mariners' starting lineup

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bradley rotoworld headshot.jpgMilton 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.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.