MILWAUKEE _ Milton Bradley, through his agents, issued the following statement today:
"I chose Chicago as a free agent because I wanted to be part of finally bringing a championship to Cubs' fans. I expected to have a great season and I am deeply disappointed by my performance and the team's struggles. I played every game with everything I had and wanted desperately to win. My frustration and disappointment boiled over and I said and did certain things that I regret. In hindsight I wish that I handled certain things differently and I apologize for those things that did not work out for the better.
"The air has been cleared and we all want to move on and look forward to better days."
No doubt those better days will be somewhere else.
It was a feisty GM Jim Hendry who sparred with reporters in the dugout. The bottom line is that Bradley is suspended with pay and that no grievance will be filed against the Cubs challening the suspension.
"It's done," Hendry said. "There's nothing. It's over. There's no story."
Well, it was and is a story.
When asked about next season, Hendry said: "We'll worry about next season when this season's over."
Hendry said he has not talked to Bradley since sending him home Sunday but that he talked with agent Seth Levinson "numerous times."
On to tonight, the lineup:
Lou says either Randy Wells or Ted Lilly will start Sunday in San Francisco. The Cubs are taking it easy on Lilly's left shoulder. Lou said, "We don't know about Harden," referring to Rich Harden, whose return to the rotation is uncertain. Ryan Dempster starts tomorrow in San Francisco, and he'll go Tuesday in Chicago and in the season finale against Arizona at Wrigley as he shoots for 200 innings.