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08/03/08 8:45 PM ET

Bradley still not ready to return

Strained quadriceps could land designated hitter on DL

ARLINGTON -- Milton Bradley missed his fifth consecutive game Sunday night with a strained quadriceps muscle.

And after running before Sunday's game against Toronto, it looks more and more like the All-Star designated hitter may be headed to the 15-day disabled list for the first time this season.

"It wasn't very good," manager Ron Washington said of Bradley's attempt. "He swung the bat yesterday and felt pretty good. But he's still a day or a couple of days away." Washington said Bradley likely wasn't going to be able to pinch-hit until Monday against the New York Yankees. Bradley was able to get enough torque to swing the bat well on Saturday, but took Sunday off from the cages.

Washington hadn't talked to general manager Jon Daniels yet before he met with the media Sunday, so the skipper wasn't sure if Bradley was headed to the disabled list. Bradley is closing in on the same amount of time he missed the last time he had this injury.

It's frustrating for the Rangers because the medical staff believed this injury wasn't as serious as the quadriceps injury that hampered him in June when he missed six games. Bradley's time in the outfield also has been limited to 20 starts in right and center field because of offseason knee surgery.

The Rangers are scoring runs but still miss Bradley's consistency in the middle of the lineup. He entered Sunday night fourth in the American League with a .320 batting average and leads the league with a .444 on-base percentage.

Bradley has also been a big run producer with 60 RBIs, and his absence has been noticed at times in run-producing situations.

"It makes a big difference," Washington said. "That spot in the lineup has come up a lot, and we know what kind of damage he can do, just when he draws a walk."

Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.