Milton: I'm Sorry!
Marriage gone bad (AP)
Marriage gone bad (AP)

Posted Sep 24, 2009


The Cubs and Milton Bradley have come to a peaceful parting of the ways, at least for the rest of the 2009 season.

Bradley issued a statement apologizing for "those things that did not work out for the better."

Cubs GM and Bradley's 2009 executioner Jim Hendry suspended the outfielder for the season Sunday in St. Louis, citing conduct detrimental to the team. According to Hendry, it was an accumulation of events and behavior by Bradley that led to the team sending him home, with pay.

For his part, Bradley wrote a two-paragraph statement:

"I chose Chicago as a free agent because I wanted to be part of finally bringing a championship to Cubs' fans. I expected to have a great season and I am deeply disappointed by my performance and the team's struggles. I played every game with everything I had and wanted desperately to win. My frustration and disappointment boiled over and I said and did certain things that I regret. In hindsight, I wish that I handled certain things differently and I apologize for those things that did not work out for the better.

"The air has been cleared and we all want to move on and look forward to better days."

Hendry said the Cubs will determine what to do with Bradley beyond this year during the offseason, but there is virtually no way the 31-year-old right fielder can come back to a club whose manager and players seemed happy to see him go.

"We'll worry about next season when this season's over," Hendry said. "We've got the rest of the season to play. We're going to finish it up."

Hendry signed Bradley to a three-year, $30 million deal last January. The Cubs are on the hook for about $21 million over the next two years. There's little doubt the Cubs would have to eat a significant portion of Bradley's contract to move him. Barring that, they could just release Bradley.

NOTES, QUOTES

--RHP Jeff Samardzija hit a home run leading off the sixth inning in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee. It was his first big-league homer and first big-league hit. He is the first Cub since Hee-Seop Choi to have a homer as his first big-league hit. Choi did it Sept. 8, 2002, at St. Louis.

"It's been in my pocket," Samardzija said. "I just went up there swinging. The ball found the bat. I probably should have slowed down and enjoyed it because it might not happen for a long time."

Manager Lou Piniella was highly impressed with Samardzija's improvement on the mound.

"He's starting to look like a major league pitcher," Piniella said. "He sure as hell looked like a major league hitter."

--INF/OF Bobby Scales had a pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh inning Wednesday. Scales is 7-for-11 (.636) with two homers and five RBI as a pinch hitter.

--RHP Randy Wells turned in his first quality start since Sept. 6, as he worked six innings Tuesday, giving up seven hits and one run at Milwaukee. Piniella talked to Wells about "nibbling" after a rough time in his previous start.

"No nibbling," Wells said. "I learned my lesson."

Piniella said Wells may get only one more start, on Sept. 30, but Wells said he may lobby for more to show the Cubs he can handle the load. He has pitched a career-high 153 innings, and Piniella limited him to 89 pitches Tuesday.

ROSTER REPORT

--LHP Ted Lilly is listed as the starter for Sunday's series finale at San Francisco, but Piniella said Wednesday that Wells may start. Lilly has been bothered this season by left shoulder inflammation.

"The Sunday game's still up in the air," Piniella said. "It could be Lilly. It could be Wells. We'll see. We're being very cautious with Ted, as we would with any other pitcher."

--RHP Rich Harden has not pitched since Sept. 16, and it's uncertain when or if he'll pitch again this year.

"I'm not sure about Harden, I'm really not," Piniella said. Harden has made 26 starts this year, but he has had a history of shoulder problems. The Cubs have been resting Harden for the past week.

--Rookie CF Tyler Colvin started his third consecutive game since his call-up from Class AA Tennessee this week. Colvin was 2-for-6 in his first two games, and he made three nice catches Tuesday.

"That was fun watching that youngster roam out there," Piniella said. Colvin was 0-for-4 Wednesday while batting second.


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