Bradley out; Vizcaino gone
Milton Bradley and Lou Piniella had a little talk on Thursday. Piniella said the outfielder will not start until he’s 100 percent healthy. Piniella also said when Bradley returns, he’ll likely bat sixth instead of fourth. Bradley has been bothered by a strained right groin, which forced him out of a game April 12. He made his first start Wednesday, and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He has one hit this season, a home run.
Micah Hoffpauir started in right field on Thursday in the series finale against the Reds.
Meanwhile, Luis Vizcaino was designated for assignment to make room for Jeff Samardzija, who was called up from Triple-A Iowa. Samardzija will be used in a role similar to Aaron Heilman and act as a bridge from the starters to the late inning pitchers, Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg.
— Carrie Muskat