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07/09/08 7:59 PM ET
Bradley benched, thanks to sore knee
Tendinitis has club limiting outfield starts for All-Star slugger
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Milton Bradley was scratched from the Rangers' lineup Wednesday because of more soreness from the tendinitis in his left knee. This remains an occasionally recurring problem for Bradley and the Rangers. He had to come out of Sunday's game after three plate appearances when the knee acted up. Manager Ron Washington said Bradley will likely be back in the lineup on Thursday. "This is why we have 25 guys," Washington said. Bradley has been in the starting lineup in 72 of the Rangers' first 91 games: 53 at designated hitter and 19 in the outfield. The Rangers' obvious goal is to keep him in the starting lineup as much as possible, and Washington admitted that means giving him only occasional starts in the outfield. "When you think about as much as he's played when he wasn't even supposed to be ready, it's a possibility," Washington said. "We'll just go accordingly and put him out there when we can. Nobody thought he would be out there this much." Ramon Vazquez was also out of the lineup with a sore right shoulder. Vazquez told Washington he could play, but the lineup was already made out with German Duran at third base, and the manager didn't want to change it.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.