Mariners right fielder Milton Bradley packed up his bags and left the stadium after being benched during Tuesday’s game, according to The Seattle Times.
After striking out in the sixth inning, Bradley reportedly returned to the bench and told manager Don Wakamatsu something similar to this: "I’m done. I’m not helping the team."
According to The Seattle Times, Wakamatsu followed Bradley into the tunnel between the dugout and clubhouse to talk to him, and he eventually convinced Bradley to return to the dugout. However, Bradley soon left again — while the game was in progress — when he saw that Ryan Langerhans had replaced him in the outfield.
General manager Jack Zduriencik wouldn’t comment on the report, other than to tell The Seattle Times, "If there is an issue, it will be dealt with internally."
According to the newspaper, Bradley has been frustrated by his poor play (.214 batting average, .313 on-base percentage) and is believed to be putting a large amount of pressure on himself to produce and fit in with his teammates.
The Mariners acquired Bradley this past offseason from the Cubs, who suspended the outfielder late last season for conduct problems.