Milton Bradley was in the Chicago Cubs’ lineup Saturday, a day after he was sent home by manager Lou Piniella following an angry outburst in the dugout.
“I apologized for the last comment I made, told him he knows in the context I meant it,” Piniella said. “But I also told him that just can’t continue, to have shenanigans that we’ve put up with. I told him he’s going to hurt somebody, he’s going to hurt himself.”
Piniella ordered the mercurial slugger to go home Friday afternoon after Bradley threw his helmet and went after a water cooler following a fly out in the top of the sixth inning of the game against the cross-town rival White Sox.
“He didn’t really talk to me about it, he just kind of yelled at me in the dugout and told me to get out of there,” Bradley said Saturday before he talked with Piniella. “So I left. Then he continued to yell at me some more. I’ve got to take that.”
Bradley confirmed a report in the Chicago Sun-Times describing the expletive Piniella used.
“Yeah, that’s exactly what he said,” Bradley said. “But I’m not going to get into it.”
After going 1-for-5 as the Cubs lost to the White Sox, 8-7, Bradley said he had no problems or issues with Piniella, especially after their meeting before Saturday’s game.
“I got a ton of respect for Lou,” Bradley said. “When he says something, I really take heed and listen to it, not just the tone or the exact words but the sentiment behind it. I really think he had a heartfelt talk with me in his office, and I think we are both better for it.”
Bradley has struggled at the plate, batting .236 with five homers and 16 RBI. Injuries have also limited his first season with the Cubs after he signed a three-year, $30 million deal. And he has a history of emotional outbursts during a decade-long major league career with seven different teams.
1 Philly + 1 fan = Fireworks
The Philadelphia Phillies confirmed that one of their players – reportedly reliever J.C. Romero – was involved in a confrontation with a fan after Thursday’s game at the Tampa Bay Rays.
The St. Petersburg Times reported on its Web site that Romero grabbed and shoved Robert Eaton, 25, of New Port Richey, Fla., after the fan made two comments about steroids.
Romero was suspended for the first 50 games this season after testing positive for androstenedione, a substance that Mark McGwire used in the 1990s that was later banned by baseball. Romero, who earned two wins in Philadelphia’s World Series victory over Tampa Bay last year, has sued the manufacturer of an over-the-counter supplement that he said led to his positive test.
Prospect gets 100 games
Right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, rated as the top pitching prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system, has been suspended for 100 games for testing positive for a second time for a “drug of abuse.”
The penalty leaves Jeffress, 21, one positive test away from a lifetime ban under the Minor League Drug Treatment and Prevention program.
Specific substances are not revealed under the minor-league drug program but Jeffress admitted in the past to testing positive for marijuana near the end of the 2007 season, while pitching for Class A West Virginia. He received a 50-game suspension at the time, which carried over to the 2008 season.
With only 75 games to go in Class-A Brevard County’s 140-game season, the suspension will carry over into 2010.
Orioles lose one, gain one
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Koji Uehara is poised for another stint on the disabled list, this time with an elbow strain.
The Japanese right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start against Washington today and is expected to be replaced by rookie Dave Hernandez, who will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. To make room for Hernandez, Baltimore will place Uehara on the DL.
While the Orioles were losing Uehara, they signed top draft pick Matt Hobgood.
The 18-year-old pitcher, who gets a signing bonus of $2,422,000, was the fifth overall pick in baseball’s amateur draft on June 9. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has a fastball that has been clocked at 95 mph and a good curveball.
Reliever Jose Veras, acquired Wednesday from the Yankees for cash, was added to the Cleveland Indians’ roster, and reliever Jensen Lewis was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. … Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison will be placed on the disabled list with biceps inflammation. Harrison, who had an MRI that showed no structural damage, said he has also been experiencing numbness in his left hand and is scheduled to visit a neurologist to rule out nerve damage.