Milton Bradley was held out of Tuesday night’s Cubs game against the Cincinnati Reds because of the inclement weather. Manager Lou Pinella did not want to risk Bradley injuring his injured groin with the wet, sloppy grass given the rain the past 2 days in the Chicago area. Bradley did take batting practice before Tuesday’s game and could be back in the lineup on Wednesday night.
Bradley is in the process of appealing a 2-game suspension issued by MLB. Bradley was ejected from Thursday’s game after arguing a called 3rd strike by home plate umpire Larry Vanover. Bob Watson, MLB’s vice president of on-field operations, issued the 2-game suspension because Bradley “aggressively argued balls and strikes” and made contact with Vanover after he was called out.
We’ll keep you posted if we hear more on Bradley’s suspension and to whether or not Bradley will make an appearance in the Cubs lineup in the next day or so. Micah Hoffpauir has filled in well for the Cubs in Bradley’s absence as he hit his 1st home run of the 2009 season in Tuesday night’s win over the Reds.