03/28/10 2:42 PM ET
Bradley could settle into cleanup spot
Wakamatsu wants contact hitters behind Ichiro, Figgins
By Jim Street / MLB.com
Against right-handers, Ken Griffey Jr. would bat fifth in the designated-hitter role, with Mike Sweeney -- assuming he lands a spot on the 25-man roster as expected -- and Bradley handling the DH duties against most left-handers."Milton has some history of injuries and we've talked to him about occasionally being [the DH]," Wakamatsu said. "I would do that on occasion, give him some DH time, and that would give you the option of playing other people, which is important." Third baseman Jose Lopez, the team leader with 96 RBIs last season, would bat sixth most of the time. "The thing he has been so good at all spring is he is willing to do whatever he can for the club," Wakamatsu said. "I have hit him from third to sixth, and one thing he as much as anyone has is the ability to drive in runs. "He gives us a lot of flexibility and I trust to him to hit anywhere."
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.