Wilson, Bradley getting close to returning

Wilson, Bradley getting close to returning

CHICAGO -- Manager Don Wakamatsu said he's hopeful that shortstop Jack Wilson and left fielder Milton Bradley can return to the lineup on Monday in the series opener against the Royals in Kansas City.

Wakamatsu said Wilson, who injured his right thumb in Friday night's game against the White Sox, was available "as an emergency only" in Sunday's series finale, "but should be ready to go tomorrow."

As for Bradley, who missed the entire White Sox series, he did some pregame running to test his injured left calf.

"I am hoping that by [Monday] we will have just about everyone healthy again," Wakamatsu said.

Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe was unavailable Saturday night because of lower back spasms, but felt better on Sunday and was listed by Wakamatsu as questionable for the series finale.

The best medical news of the day could come out of Tacoma, Wash., where left-hander Cliff Lee made a rehab start.

"We will be monitoring Mr. Lee to see how he's doing," Wakamatsu said.

Lee will rejoin the Mariners on Monday and do some side work on Tuesday to prepare for his Friday night start against the Rangers at Safeco Field in his long-awaited regular-season debut.