According to a report from Cubs.com, Milton Bradley is “sidelined indefinitely“ and according to a report from the Tribune “he’s not close to returning from his groin injury.” The Cubs are contemplating putting him on the 15-day DL…a decision could be made this weekend.
Lou Piniella reportedly met with Bradley in his office for 10 minutes on Thursday and it was determined that Bradley would not be back in the lineup until he is 100% healthy…when he returns Bradley will hit sixth in the Cubs lineup. Piniella was apparently not happy with his lackluster (or lack of hustle) performance on Wednesday night. Paul Sullivan joined Dave Kaplan on Sports Central Thursday night…and the main topic was Milton Bradley. Sullivan said the Cubs have a “big, big problem with this guy” referring to Milton Bradley.
Sullivan discussed Bradley’s media boycott and described the scene in the clubhouse following Thursday’s game. Sullivan said that he and other reporters waited until the cameras were gone in order to try to speak with Bradley, at least off the record. Sullivan said Bradley was rude and went as far as to call him a “jerk”. Sullivan added if the Cubs keep enabling him its only going to get worse.
Sullivan emphatically stated that Jim Hendry has to do something.
Milton Bradley pulled Carrie Muskat of Cubs.com to the side and she was the only reporter he would talk to.
The Cubs have not made a decision on placing Bradley on the DL. Bradley should use this time to serve his suspension, get healthy and get back on the field and do what he was brought to Chicago to do…hit the ball, catch the ball and drive in a lot of runs.
Milton Bradley not talking to the media is one thing but not producing and playing the game the right way is another. The Cubs have their hands full with this one.