It was reported yesterday that the Padres' Milton Bradley is done for the season, and Mike Cameron’s status is in doubt, due to a bizarre confrontation between Bradley, umpire Mike Winters, and manager Bud Black, who tackled Bradley to the ground when he was going after Winters during the eighth inning of the Padres loss to the Rockies on Sunday.
In the ensuing fracas, Bradley tore his interior cruciate ligament in his right knee and Cameron partially tore a ligament in his right thumb and suffered a strain in the same area.
Now, officials at Major League Baseball are investigating the often volatile Bradley, but for once, he may not be in the hot seat. As reported by The AP:
Baseball spokesman Rich Levin said yesterday the commissioner's office is investigating whether the volatile Bradley was baited by Winters. The Padres said Winters directed profanities at Bradley right before the blowup. "I know there will be a thorough investigation of the dialogue between Milton and Mike Winters," Padres GM Kevin Towers said before San Diego opened a three-game series in San Francisco. "I have a lot of confidence there will be due process and it will be handled well. For Milton's sake, he certainly has the support of our ballclub."
Apparently, Winters ripped off some “good ones”.
You guys couldn't print it," Black told reporters in San Francisco. "In this situation, it escalated to a point where some things shouldn't have been said. I didn't hear what Mike said. My understanding is ... they were profane."
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