Outfielder Tears ACL in Tussle With Manager

Bradley's loss threatens Padres' half-game wild-card lead
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2007 3:26 AM CDT
Outfielder Tears ACL in Tussle With Manager
San Diego Padres' Milton Bradley, center, is helped from the field by trainer Todd Hutchinson, left, and assistant trainer Paul Navarro after he was injured while being restrained by manager Bud Black during an altercation in the eighth inning of the Padres' 7-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies in their...   (Associated Press)

Volatile outfielder Milton Bradley provided a second-half spark to surging San Diego but now is out for the season because of a tussle with his manager and a torn ACL. He suffered the injury as manager Bud Black wrestled him to the ground to prevent an altercation with an umpire, reports ESPN. The team claims the umpire directed a series of profanities at Bradley.

The blow is serious to the Padres, now just half a game ahead in the wild-card race. Bradley led the team in batting average at .313 since arriving from Oakland in July. "If this costs me my season, [the umpire] needs to be reprimanded. I'm taking some action," said Bradley. (More MLB stories.)

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