May 7, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT
Milton Bradley must sit out five games after the Mariners placed him on the restricted list yesterday, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that “he’ll be gone at least a week and likely longer.”
According to Baker, the perpetually disgruntled outfielder “will remain in Seattle and work out on his own, but won’t be rejoining the team until everybody involved feels that he’s ready.” Or as general manager Jack Zduriencik put it: “When we’re satisfied that he’s mentally ready to resume playing and feels comfortable in his surroundings here.”
In the meantime the Mariners are expected to have Ryan Langerhans split time in left field with Michael Saunders, who was called up from Triple-A last night to replace Bradley on the roster. They’re both lefty bats, but Saunders is a 23-year-old prospect while Langerhans is a 30-year-old journeyman, so the Mariners figure to give Saunders every opportunity to claim a larger share of the starts if he looks good initially.
Saunders struggled in his first taste of the majors last season and got off to a poor start at Triple-A this year, but hit .310 with a .922 OPS at Triple-A in 2009 and looks capable of being a .275 hitter with 20-homer power eventually if things break right.
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