Bradley works on swing, takes day off
Cubs slugger has session with Joshua, discovers problem
PITTSBURGH -- A day after manager Lou Piniella said Milton Bradley could sit out a few days in the Pirates series to work with hitting coach Von Joshua, Bradley was indeed out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game.
"I haven't talked to [Joshua] about it, but he said he did [work with Bradley]," Piniella said before Tuesday's game. "He had a good session with him. I'll find out about the particulars when I go around the batting cage, but yeah, he had a good session with Bradley. We'll see. He also talked a little bit with [Alfonso] Soriano, so we'll see."
Micah Hoffpauir took Bradley's spot in right field. He was in the No. 5 slot.
Bradley, who had two hits Monday night but is still hitting just .238 -- including .194 from the left side -- said he was able to look at video tape to see what he needs to fix.
He noticed he was in a bad position to hit the ball.
"Early in the year, my swing didn't feel good, so I was making adjustments trying to find my swing," Bradley said. "But at the same time, I really didn't have rhythm yet, so I couldn't really know where my swing was at. So once I found my rhythm and got my swing, then I had bad positioning and wasn't standing in the box right."
Something else Bradley noticed was that pitchers were still throwing to him as if he were hitting well, pitching to the extreme corners.
When it comes to slumps, Bradley believes that when it gets bad, a hitter can sometimes leave "the door cracked open for doubt to creep in."
Despite the rough stretch, he's received some reassurance.
"I've got friends around the league that pitch, and when I go to them like, 'Man, I'm scuffling right now,' they're like, 'Hey, we know you still rake. When we have our pitchers' meeting, you're still a guy to be careful with,'" Bradley said.
Wayne Staats is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.