Bradley comfortable since return

Bradley comfortable since return

SEATTLE -- Outfielder Milton Bradley has been a model citizen since his return.

He has been cordial on and off the field, making himself available to the media before and after games and maintaining his composure at all times.

"From what I see, he's trying to control the emotion and not be so hard on himself," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "I see a guy who is enjoying the game and that's all we're asking. I know that's important to him."

Bradley spent two weeks on the restricted list for professional assistance in dealing with anger issues. He is such a perfectionist that he had trouble dealing with adversity.

He went into Friday night's game against the Padres with two hits in seven at-bats since returning to the lineup.

"He's given us some good at-bats," Wakamatsu said. "The very first at-bat he had, I think he saw 96- and 95-mph pitches, then a nasty changeup and he struck out. I thought he was on all those pitches and barely missed them.

"I like the interaction that's going on right now and it adds one more threat in the lineup that helps us."