By Bryan Jeon
Milton Bradley ends Mike Cameron’s season, then his own, in a set of bizarre plays in Sunday’s game between the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies.
In the seventh inning, Cameron, a three-time Gold Glove centerfielder, made a sliding attempt to catch Garrett Atkins’ inside-the-park home run, then had Bradley step on his right hand as he tried to jump over him to avoid a collision. Cameron has a partially torn ligament in his right thumb and is not sure if he will be ready for the playoffs, if the Padres make it.
In the eighth inning, Bradley tore his right ACL when his own manager spun him to the ground to keep him from going after first base umpire, Mike Winters, after he was ejected. I feel like we might hear Winters’ name in the future, as people are noticing that umpires are baiting players resulting in quick ejections in the recent weeks. Bradley said Winters told the home plate umpire in Bradley’s previous at-bat, when he struck out, that Bradley flipped his bat at the home plate umpire. When Bradley reached first base in the eighth, the unavoidable confrontation ensued and Bradley is now looking at a recovery time of six months.
The Padres have dropped to a tie with the Philadelphia Phillies for the NL wild card lead with six games remaining after losing four in a row after Monday’s loss to the San Francisco Giants.
But boy, you want to talk about injury-prone? The Padres’ left fielder has played just 61 games this year and just came off the disabled list less than a week ago. He has averaged under 99 games a season in his 7-year career and has played in more than 101 games in a season just once. Because when you blow your knee out when your own manager tries to give you a hug, you know you’re injury-prone.
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