Bradley to the DL

Will it ever end??

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's today recalled infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple-A Sacramento and placed outfielder Milton Bradley on the 15-day Disabled List retroactive to May 15 with a strained left hamstring.

Murphy was batting .354 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 25 games with Sacramento.  His average included a .559 (19 for 34) mark against left-handed pitching with both of his home runs compared to .242 against right-handers.  Murphy appeared in 23 games at shortstop, one at third base and one in left field and missed two weeks of the season when he was on the Disabled List from May 6 to 20 with a strained left shoulder.  The 24-year old Murphy played 39 games for Kansas City in 2004 and 2005 and is a .163 career hitter in the Majors with one home run and 11 RBI.

Bradley was batting .275 with two home runs and six RBI in 15 games with the A's this year.  This is his second stint on the Disabled List in 2007 as he was also on the DL from April 23 to May 10 with the same injury.  It is Bradley's 10th career stint on the DL and his fourth in two seasons with the A's.

The A's have now used the Disabled List 12 times this year and currently have 10 players on the DL.  Oakland used the DL 15 times last year, which was the most times the A's used the DL since they used it 21 times in 1997.  This marks the first time the A's have had at least 10 players on the DL at one time since August 27-29, 1997 when they had 11 players on the DL.  The 12 players on the DL this year have combined to miss 256 games.