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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

Monday's spring things

The Cubs aren’t recession proof but they are one of the few Cactus League teams that is doing well selling Spring Training game tickets. So far, they’ve topped 150,000 for the games to be played at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.

Other notes from Monday’s workout: Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano are the only position players who have not reported. They’re all due at Fitch Park on Tuesday. Pitcher Luis Vizcaino is still a no show because of visa problems.

Mike Fontenot, Aaron Miles, and Jake Fox all took grounders at third base Monday. Fox, a former catcher, says third is the only position he doesn’t know, so he’s trying to learn.

WGN Radio broadcaster Ron Santo stopped by camp to say hello. Another broadcast-related note: Cubs fans interested in the 2009 TV schedule should know it has been posted under the official releases, and the schedule will be updated.

– Carrie Muskat

New faces

Among the early arrivals on Sunday in Cubs camp was Milton Bradley, who was eager to get started and take batting practice. Position players don’t have to report until Tuesday. Also in camp is outfielder Reed Johnson, who dropped 14 pounds this offseason by changing his diet. The only pitcher missing is Luis Vizcaino, acquired in the Jason Marquis deal with Colorado. Vizcaino is having visa problems.

– Carrie Muskat

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