No word yet on whether Major League Baseball will suspend Milton Bradley for making contact with home plate umpire Larry Vanover after he was ejected in the 6th inning for arguing a called 3rd strike. With the score tied at 4, the Cubs were threatening with the bases loaded and only 1 out. Manger Lou Pinella sent Bradley in as a pinch-hitter for the pitcher. After Adam Wainright started Bradely off with 3 straight balls for a 3-0 count, it looked like Bradley would be able to help the Cubs take at least a 5-4 lead over the Cardinals. Instead, Vanover ended up calling Bradley out on strikes and after he banged his bat on the ground in disgust, Bradley had words for Vanover. Vanover immediately tossed Bradley and as Bradley approached him, it appeared that the brim of Bradley’s helmet touched the brim of Vannover’s cap.
Pinella had this to say about any pending action from the league: “No, I haven’t heard anything. I haven’t heard a word one way or another [about] the ejection or anything else.”
Bradley is still nursing a sore groin. Bradley has not played since leaving last Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Pinella did say that Bradley is available to pinch-hit during the remainder of the Cards series this weekend.