Around the Majors: Bradford needs surgery

1) A’s P Chad Bradford will have back surgery and is expected to be out until late June.

After 3.11 ERA/13 RSAA and 3.04 ERA/10 RSAA seasons, Bradford had a 4.42 ERA/2 RSAA in 68 games. He has a 3.47 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.56, and 36 RSAA in 294 games.

Bradford ranks 4th in the AL in games over the past 3 years–

1    J.C. Romero                 228   
T2   Jason Grimsley              219   
T2   B.J. Ryan                   219   
4    Chad Bradford               215   
5    Damaso Marte                213   
6    Keith Foulke                209   
7    Jamie Walker                205   
8    Ricardo Rincon              202   
9    Jorge Julio                 196   
10   David Riske                 191  

2) Reggie Jackson suffered minor injuries when he was rear ended while waiting at a red light. The impact forced both cars to turn over and the other driver is in critical condition.

Jackson had a .846 career OPS, compared to his league average of .713, and 565 RCAA in 2820 games from 1967-87.

Jackson ranks 7th in AL history for HR above the league average–

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE   
1    Babe Ruth                   617      708       91   
2    Jimmie Foxx                 399      524      125   
3    Lou Gehrig                  377      493      116   
4    Ted Williams                376      521      145   
5    Harmon Killebrew            362      573      211   
6    Mickey Mantle               346      536      190   
7    Reggie Jackson              327      563      236   
8    Rafael Palmeiro             261      526      265   
9    Jose Canseco                254      462      208   
10   Juan Gonzalez               243      434      191  

3) The Cubs sent Ps Renyel Pinto and Carlos Vasquez to the minors.

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