OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -Milton Bradley was activated Wednesday from his third stint on the disabled list this season, back in the starting lineup at right field for the Oakland Athletics.
The A's made roster room by optioning infielder J.J. Furmaniak to Triple-A Sacramento. Bradley thought he should have come off the DL a few days earlier, but the A's were waiting to see how six-time Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez recovered from soreness around his left ribcage area that forced him to miss games Saturday and Sunday.
``It was a roster thing,'' manager Bob Geren said. ``We had to make sure Eric was OK.''
Bradley had been out since June 3 with a strained right calf after missing time twice already with a strained left hamstring. He has missed 51 games this season and he has had five DL stints in two seasons with Oakland.
The A's will monitor Bradley to try to keep him healthy.
``I'm just going to do the best I can to mix the outfielders and first basemen so I don't have to put him out there seven or eight days in a row,'' Geren said.
Furmaniak appeared in one game after getting called up Saturday, going 0-for-1. He batted .275 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI in 65 games with Sacramento.
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