|Rangers manager Ron Washington wants to protect Bradley from being tossed|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 24 February 2008 12:05|
The volatile Bradley has had his share of run-ins with umpires over the years.
``I'm not going to take his fire away from him,'' Washington said. ``If he feels he has reason to get upset about something, I just need to try to get there before they throw him out.''
Washington said Bradley's intensity ``is pretty off the charts. He wants to win. He's a gamer. He's fitting in very well.''
The more immediate question for the Rangers is whether Bradley will be on the field for opening day.
The 29-year-old outfielder agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract with the Rangers in December. He is coming off offseason surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee.
Early indications have been positive, although Washington said the Rangers' staff has had to curtail some of Bradley's workouts for his own good.
``We had to slow him down,'' Washington said. ``He's trying to do what everyone else has been doing. He doesn't have to make the team. He's already made the team. He's swinging the bat better every day.''
The past three days, Bradley has been working 1-on-1 with first base coach Gary Pettis in workouts designed to limit lateral movement.
``It's always a tough challenge for any player that wants to get out there to have something holding them back,'' Pettis said.
Notes: RHP Kevin Millwood tweaked his right hamstring during the final conditioning drill Sunday. ``It's a minor thing,'' said Millwood, scheduled to start Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. ``I'll know more tomorrow.'' ... RHP Robinson Tejeda left camp Saturday to be with his wife for the birth of their child. He's expected to return Tuesday. ... The Rangers are scheduled to play an intrasquad game Monday. It will be a three-inning game unless enough minor league pitchers are brought across the complex to make it a five-inning contest. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy will start for the Rangers in Wednesday's annual charity game against the Kansas City Royals.