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08/17/08 8:53 PM ET

Bradley scratched from lineup Sunday

Rangers attribute slugger's absence to back stiffness

ARLINGTON -- Milton Bradley was a late scratch from the Rangers' lineup Sunday with what the team described as back stiffness. There was no immediate word regarding his availability as a pinch-hitter.

Bradley was also out of the lineup Saturday with what manager Ron Washington described as a sinus issue, an affliction that kept Bradley from even coming to the ballpark.

Bradley had played in five consecutive games before Saturday's rest, after he appeared in just one game during an 11-game stretch from July 30 to Aug. 9 due to a strained left quadriceps.

Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.