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Bradley departs for help

Associated Press

SEATTLE – Milton Bradley was placed on the restricted list by the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, a day after asking the team for help in dealing with “emotional stress” from personal issues.

Seattle recalled outfielder Michael Saunders from Triple-A Tacoma to fill Bradley’s roster spot.

While on the restricted list, Bradley cannot be in uniform or with the team. He will miss at least five days – and manager Don Wakamatsu said he won’t go on the Mariners’ eight-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Baltimore.

But general manager Jack Zduriencik said the team opted for the restricted list instead of placing Bradley on the 15-day disabled list. Zduriencik said it’s expected Bradley will be away from the club for “five, six, seven days for sure,” and then the situation will be re-evaluated.

“The process has started. We’re together with Milton and his agency group and we’re forming a partnership to help him get through this thing,” Zduriencik said. “The timeframe has yet to be determined. I don’t know the answer to this, because I’m not a professional in this field.”

The moves came a day after Bradley met with Wakamatsu and Zduriencik and asked for help in dealing with his issues. The 32-year-old arrived at Safeco Field on Wednesday morning and told the leaders of his eighth team in 10 seasons, “I need your help.”

Wakamatsu said before Thursday night’s game that Bradley met with a counselor earlier in the afternoon and all reports indicated the session went well.

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