OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's today announced that they have placed outfielder Milton Bradley and right-handed pitcher Rich Harden on the 15-day Disabled List. The A's also selected outfielder Danny Putnam from Double-A Midland and left-handed pitcher Dallas Braden from Triple-A Sacramento. To clear spots on the 40-man roster, the A's transferred Mark Kotsay to the 60-day DL and released right-handed pitcher Scott Dunn.
Bradley left the game in the sixth inning yesterday at Texas with a strained left hamstring, an injury that caused him to miss six games from April 11 to 18. This is his ninth career stint on the DL and his third in two seasons with the A's. Bradley missed 59 games due to injury last year, 85 in 2005 and 61 in 2003. He was batting .263 with a home run and three RBI in 11 games this year.
Harden was placed on the DL retroactive to April 16 with a strained right shoulder. This is his fourth career stint on the DL and it marks the third consecutive season he has missed time due to injuries. He is 15-6 with a 2.83 ERA in 34 games, 31 starts, since the start of the 2005 season and the A's are 23-8 (.742) in games in which he starts over that span compared to 11-22 (.333) in the starts by the pitchers who replaced him when he was injured. Harden was 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts this year before leaving his start on April 15 against New York in the seventh inning with the shoulder injury.
Putnam was batting .327 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 13 games at Double-A Midland and was leading the Texas League in doubles (7) and RBI while ranking second in extra base hits (10). He went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and five RBI yesterday against San Antonio. The 24-year old Putnam was originally selected by the A's as a compensation pick for the loss of free agent Keith Foulke following the first round of the 2004 draft (36th selection overall). He will be making his Major League debut and will wear number 26.
Braden began the 2007 season at Double-A Midland and went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts before he was sent to Triple-A Sacramento. He had a no decision in his one start with the River Cats on April 19 at Portland, tossing six shutout innings and allowing just three hits and a walk. Braden is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and .133 opponents batting average in three starts overall. He was originally selected by the A's in the 24th round of the 2004 draft and missed most of 2006 while recovering from a humoral defect in his left shoulder. The 23-year old Braden will make his Major League debut by starting tomorrow's game against Baltimore and will wear number 61.