Milton Bradley Wastes Injury in Meaningless Spring Training Game
February 27, 2009
(Mesa, AZ) – The big offseason signing for the Chicago Cubs this year was outfielder Milton Bradley. Bradley, who led the American League in OPS last year, is as well known for his hot temper and fragile body as he is for his excellent play on the field.
So when he left his first Spring Training game with a strained quad yesterday, fans and management were naturally concerned.
“Of course it bothered me,”Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said of the injury. “Here we are, we go out and spend all this money to bring in this guy who is notorious for injuries, and he wastes his first injury of the year in a meaningless Spring Training game.”
“I’m furious, if you want to know the truth. We’re paying this guy to get injured in the regular season, and God willing, the post-season. Not Spring Training.”
For his part, Bradley says leaving the game was merely a precaution, and if it were the regular season, he would have kept playing.
“So if it were the regular season, he wouldn’t even have called it an injury?” Mesa local and Cubs fan Pete Zest angrily pondered. “How selfish can this guy be? Doesn’t he realize what fans were expecting of him when he was signed?
Bradley is expected to return to the lineup soon, but Zest would prefer Bradley just sat out the rest of Spring Training.
“If he gets hurt again in Spring Training, thatwould preclude him from getting hurt at a critical time in the regular season. That’s just not a risk we can take.”