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06/17/08 9:40 PM ET
Bradley leaves game with mild strain
Star tweaks left quad running bases; injury doesn't look serious
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Milton Bradley, who is leading the American League in hitting, left the Rangers game with the Braves on Tuesday night with a mild strain of his left quadriceps muscle. The injury occurred in the bottom of the third inning while Bradley was running to first base on a two-run single. Bradley had a chance for a double on the hit, a line drive into the right-center-field gap, but had to pull up at first base. He was replaced by Brandon Boggs. Early indications are the injury is not serious, but Bradley will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. If he does play, it will likely be at designated hitter. Bradley has made 47 of 62 starts at designated hitter, though the Rangers are hoping he'll be ready to play the outfield during National League road games against the Nationals and Astros. Bradley entered play on Tuesday leading the AL in hitting, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Braves infielder Chipper Jones entered the game leading the National League in hitting. This marked only the fourth time in Interleague Play that the leading hitters in each league faced off in a series. It happened in 2000 between Seattle's Edgar Martinez and Colorado's Todd Helton, in 2001 with Cleveland's Roberto Alomar and Juan Gonzalez against Houston's Moises Alou and in 2006 when Minnesota's Joe Mauer faced Nomar Garciaparra of the Dodgers.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.