Notes: Bradley puts injury behind him

Notes: Bradley puts injury behind him

NEW YORK -- It's reached the point, and you really can't blame him, where outfielder Milton Bradley is done talking about his right hamstring.

Oddly enough, Padres manager Bud Black is also at the point where he has grown weary of asking Bradley about his hamstring.

"You get tired of asking, 'How are you doing?'" Black said before Wednesday's game at Shea Stadium against the Mets.

Maybe now Black doesn't have to.

Bradley made his first start on Tuesday since Aug. 3, the day after the veteran strained his right hamstring in a game at PETCO Park against the Giants.

Before Tuesday, Bradley had two plate appearances since Aug. 3 -- a walk against the Cardinals on Aug. 8 and then a pinch-hitting appearance against the Astros at PETCO on Sunday.

In the opener vs. the Mets, Bradley drove in San Diego's first run with a third-inning RBI single and singled to start the ninth inning, later scoring on Kevin Kouzmanoff's sacrifice fly. Bradley also had two walks.

Bradley also successfully navigated the semi-slick Shea Stadium outfield grass that took a beating from the rain during the day on Tuesday.

Bradley was back in the lineup on Wednesday, hitting third.

"It was fine," Bradley said succinctly before Wednesday's game of his first start in 18 days.

Still, Black kept his eye on Bradley at the plate, while he ran the bases and when he was playing defense to see if the hamstring gave him any trouble.

"That's true of anyone coming back from an injury," Black said. "Your eyes take you away from the continuation of a play and you watch the guy, like when Milton throws the ball in, you don't watch the ball, you watch to see if he grabs his leg.

"He ran hard; even [on Carlos] Beltran's home run, he banged up against the wall pretty hard."

With his two hits on Tuesday, Bradley looks like he's picking up where he left off when he was sidelined by the injury. He's hitting .367 with nine multi-hit games in his first 24 games with San Diego.

Grin and Barrett: Catcher Michael Barrett, on the disabled list after suffering two blows to the head in a six-day stretch that left him with concussion-like symptoms, had his third consecutive symptom-free day on Wednesday.

"It feels great," said Barrett, who is accompanying the team on its six-game road trip to New York and Philadelphia. "It's something you don't want to risk ... it's not an injury you want to take any chances with."

Barrett said his condition was at its worst last weekend, especially on Sunday, when he had what he called the worst and most painful headaches he's ever experienced.

"On Sunday, I went to Dr. [Harry] Albers, [an internal medicine specialist], and told him I couldn't go another day with these headaches. He gave me a couple of things, and Monday, I woke up feeling symptom-free."

Barrett has been told that he'll need seven consecutive symptom-free days before he's allowed to play again. The seventh day would be on Sunday, the day after he's eligible to come off the DL.

But don't look for Barrett to be back in a Padres uniform anytime soon. Barrett said that he'll need some at-bats on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment before he returns to the team.

Either way, Barrett is just happy to be symptom free.

"When Monday rolled around, it was a joy for me," he said. "I can't explain what I was going through Saturday and Sunday."

A golden glove: In case the 16 Gold Gloves pitcher Greg Maddux has earned in his career weren't enough validation, the veteran right-hander on Wednesday was named to the all-time Rawlings Gold Glove team.

The worldwide fan voting for the team generated nearly one million votes.

Fans selected pitcher Maddux, catcher Johnny Bench, first baseman Wes Parker, second baseman Joe Morgan, shortstop Ozzie Smith, third baseman Brooks Robinson and outfielders Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Ken Griffey Jr., as the best nine defensive players of the past 50 years.

The players have exactly 100 Gold Glove Awards between them.

On deck: The Padres finish their three-game series against the Mets at 4:10 p.m. PT on Thursday. Justin Germano (6-7, 4.18 ERA) gets the start for San Diego, while New York counters with Tom Glavine (11-6, 4.12). The Padres will open a three-game series in Philadelphia on Friday.

Corey Brock is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.