SEATTLE -- The Mariners realized when they acquired left fielder Milton Bradley that he had so many previous injuries that they would take the safe route and rest him whenever he experienced some aches and pains. The switch-hitter has been on the disabled list 11 times in his Major League career, and with soreness in his right and left calf muscles the past few days, he was out of the starting lineup in Wednesday night's series finale against the Orioles. He left Tuesday night's game in the first inning with tightness in his left calf. Discomfort in his right calf limited him to pinch-hit duty on Saturday night against the Tigers.
"It's nothing serious," manager Don Wakamatsu said, "so we'll give him a day off today and tomorrow with the off-day." Bradley should be in the lineup on Friday night when the Mariners open a three-game weekend series against the White Sox. It will be his first game in the Windy City since early September, when he was invited to take the remainder of the season off, ending his one-year stint with the crosstown Cubs. Bradley had a productive first homestand with the Mariners, going 6-for-21 with four runs scored, a double, a home run and eight RBIs.