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Red Sox demote outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A

Apr 18, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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It was hardly unexpected, but Sean McAdam of reports that the Red Sox have demoted outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket. David Ortiz is expected to be activated from the disabled list tomorrow in a corresponding roster move.

Bradley won the starting left field job with a fantastic showing this spring, but it didn’t translate once the regular season began. The 23-year-old batted just .097 (3-for-31) with one double, three RBI and a 12/6 K/BB ratio in 12 games. He hasn’t had a hit since April 5 and has barely seen the field in recent days, so he’s better off getting regular at-bats in the minor leagues.

Now that Ortiz is back in the fold, Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava figure to split playing time in left field. Bradley still has a very promising future and could resurface at the big league level later this summer.

  1. sabatimus - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    I have no problem at all with this move. Bradley has a massive upside, and he hasn’t played a single inning in Triple A, so this should definitely let him and all of us know just how resilient he is.

  2. melkipershero - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    He will be back

  3. xpensivewinos - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Bradley is a key piece for the future………but needs a bit more seasoning. No surprise.

    If Ortiz is Ortiz, the Red Sox lineup looks pretty good.

  4. livepredictor - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Yup…But Webster will be for real!

  5. insidefastball - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    He had an electrifying start. Hope to see him back in the majors soon.

  6. dondada10 - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    What’s this mean as far as service time goes?

  7. hitdog042 - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    His service time is reset after 20 games straight in the minors. Sox don’t lose a year.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    20 games down at any point will allow arbitration to be pushed back a year. So much for all that hubbub about whether it was worth it to start him on the big club to start the year.

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