CHICAGO — Milton Bradley's condition has not improved since he last played 20 days ago, so the Dodgers are sending the switch-hitting outfielder home for another round of tests on his injured finger.
Bradley, diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right ring finger, still cannot swing a bat from the left side without discomfort. The Dodgers have no idea when he might play again, and they want to check whether there might be another, undiagnosed problem. Bradley declined to comment Friday, but Manager Jim Tracy said the Dodgers want to know "why there is little to no improvement whatsoever."
Dr. Norman Zemel, a hand specialist, will examine Bradley on Monday in Los Angeles and could order a new MRI and/or CT scan, Tracy said.
"Maybe it will show something they haven't seen to this point," Tracy said.
Shortstop Cesar Izturis (hamstring) could return Monday, Tracy said, but pitcher Wilson Alvarez (shoulder), outfielder Ricky Ledee (hamstring), infielder Jose Valentin (knee) and catcher Paul Bako (knee) appear weeks away from returning. Bako, whose sprained knee did not respond well after he caught a bullpen session on Tuesday, will fly to Los Angeles for examination next week to check for a more serious injury. Pitcher Odalis Perez will make at least two more minor league rehabilitation starts, the first on Monday.