Milton Bradley might soon be someone else's center fielder -- and problem. The Cleveland Indians have apparently had enough of his antics.
The club is trying to trade Bradley, who was barred from Cleveland's training camp in Winter Haven, Fla., yesterday, one day after he was pulled from an exhibition game by manager Eric Wedge for not running out a pop fly that dropped for a single.
Indians general manager Mark Shapiro has discussed a trade involving Bradley with as many as eight teams, and "four or five are legitimate and serious."
Bradley was expected to start in the Indians' outfield and bat cleanup this season. But the 25-year-old, who has a troubled history on and off the field, will play elsewhere once the Indians can strike a deal.
"It's unfortunate where we are right now, but we have to do what's best for the ball club," Wedge said.
Bradley was taken out in the third inning Wednesday, showered and dressed quickly, and took a 45-minute cab ride from Kissimmee to his rented spring training home. He came to Chain of Lakes Park yesterday to retrieve his SUV and drove out of the Indians' training complex at 9:30 a.m.
Phillies' Bell rung
Phillies third baseman David Bell was hit in the side of the helmet by a pitch from Toronto's Miguel Batista, just one episode during the Blue Jays' 12-2 exhibition win in Dunedin, Fla., that featured several beanballs, four ejections, and heated words between the teams. Bell walked off the field under his own power . . . White Sox ace Esteban Loaiza left a 5-5 tie with the Rockies in Tucson after the first inning with a stiff neck. Manager Ozzie Guillen said Loaiza, the AL's Cy Young runner-up last season, is not expected to miss a start . . . Indians outfielder Ryan Ludwick underwent more surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined from baseball activities for eight weeks . . . The Cubs signed lefthander Glendon Rusch and former Red Sox infielder Damian Jackson to minor league contracts.