Umpire Mike Winters was suspended for the rest of the season today for his part in a confrontation that left San Diego outfielder Milton Bradley with a season-ending knee injury. A Major League Baseball official said Winters directed profanity at Bradley during Sunday's brouhaha; the Padres claim Winters baited Bradley, who has a history of such run-ins.
San Diego manager Bud Black, in an attempt to restrain his player, tackled Bradley, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Bradley, who could miss six months, called the incident "the most unprofessional and most ridiculous thing I've ever seen." The Padres entered play today with a one-game lead in the race for the National League playoff wild card.