Milton Bradley had pretty much been reduced to a bit player before going on the DL with undetermined knee problems. Now, his season is pretty much done, with Bradley off to Cincinnati on Tuesday for arthroscopic surgery on his knee.
This exploratory type of surgery normally takes about three weeks to recover from, depending on what is wrong. If it’s just normal wear and tear, with maybe some bone chips to be cleaned out or torn meniscus to be shaved. There will be six weeks left in the season when Bradley has it and really, there is no rush to get him back on the field. Maybe for some games towards the end of September but any meaningful contribution by Bradley pretty much ended with today’s announcement.
“I’ve got nothing to say,” Bradley said when approached by reporters as he was playing on a Golden Tee arcade game in the visitors clubhouse here at Progressive Field.
So, we let his new manager do the talking for him.
“He’s had some discomfort, some pain there,” Daren Brown said. “So, we’ll try to find out what’s going on and hopefully clean up a little bit and go from there.”
Brown wouldn’t give a timetable for Bradley’s return.
“We’ll wait and see,” he said. “Again, let the doctors do their thing.”
Brown said he sensed Bradley was disappointed.
“I would say that he is,” he said. “It’s always tough when you’re not on the field. I would say that I don’t think anybody looks forward to surgery so I would say it’s a little disappointing. But also, probably a little bit of a relief that we’re trying to find out what the discomfort and what the pain is.”
Michael Saunders, as previously planned, will now get the bulk of the playing time from this point onward.
A bit of an update for you on Chone Figgins. My sources now tell me the Braves plan to “kick the tires” on him, but will not pull out all stops to acquire him now that Chipper Jones plans to return next year. The big reason the Braves were pondering Figgins was to get a replacement for Jones this year and beyond at third base.
They still need a replacement this year, which is why they’ll check in with Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik. But don’t expect a deal, I’m told. The Braves are not willing to assume the totality of the remaining contract for Figgins and likely won’t go any higher than they’d been willing to before the July 31 trade deadline.
The Mariners shut down those talks before they even got to the details stage, saying Figgins wasn’t available. I’ve been told the Braves felt then that Figgins was worth $6 million per year — not the $9 million per year that he makes. So, with the Braves now unlikely to go any higher than something in that ballpark, it’s highly unlikely Figgins gets dealt to Atlanta.