Wedge, who ran into problems with Bradley in their previous time together in 2003-04, said the 32-year-old is working hard and doing well with everything, so far.
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"I think he's having a good time," Wedge said. "He's enjoying himself, he's enjoying his teammates. I love his work ethic. His approach has been good. I just want him to sustain that."
Bradley, who hit just .205 last year before his season ended on July 31 with a knee problem, seems to have tuned out the distractions, for now.
"For me here, it needs to be about baseball," he said. "Baseball is what I do best. I'm 100 percent focused."
Even when the occasional leather-lunged fan zeroes in on him. Bradley said he has heard a couple of hecklers in Peoria, but isn't letting them bother him.
"I heard one guy [boo in the opener] and no one joined him," he said. "Today, there was one guy in the outfield yelling 'Drop the ball' and 'nice base running.' I figure I had one guy like that and a stadium full of people behind me.
"When self doubt creeps in, you hear those voices a little more loudly. The key is not to let them in."
Wedge, who would love to have a productive Bradley bat to help out the middle of his order, had him hitting third and playing left field on Tuesday. His only issue was getting caught off second base in the third inning, but he came back with a run-scoring double in the fifth for his third hit of the game.
"He looked good," Wedge said. "He's really been working hard. With his batting practice and his approach, he's a veteran guy and you know it's going to leak into his game. It's nice to see it already getting that way. It was nice to get him out in the field, as well. So, yeah, a good day.
"He just needs to be patient and let the game come to him, and that's what I think you're seeing."