Bradley to hit fourth for Mariners

Updated: March 28, 2010, 1:07 PM ET
Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Milton Bradley is sitting out his only chance to play his former team this spring.

He shouldn't get used to the day off.

Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu gave Bradley a Sunday off against the Chicago Cubs but said the winter acquisition will be his everyday cleanup hitter to begin the season.

Bradley began a tumultuous 2009 as the Cubs' cleanup spot. He then batted just .257 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs in 124 games before getting suspended by the team for a run-in with his hitting coach. He later said the team and city mistreated him.

Wakamatsu says Bradley will play left field most days for Seattle. He will also be an occasional designated hitter against left-handed starters to give 40-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. a break.


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