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Red Sox recalling Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-A

May 29, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Jackie Bradley Jr. began the season as the Red Sox’s starting left fielder, got off to a terrible 3-for-31 (.097) start, and was promptly demoted to Triple-A in mid-April.

He took the demotion in stride, hitting .354 in 20 games for Pawtucket even while dealing with a shoulder injury, and now Maureen Mullen of reports that the Red Sox have decided to call Bradley back up.

However, this time around manager John Farrell told Mullen that Bradley “would come back as an extra outfielder” rather than as an everyday player, although it’s hard to imagine the Red Sox wanting a 23-year-old sitting on the bench a whole lot.

The left-handed hitting Bradley platooning with the right-handed hitting Jonny Gomes in left field makes sense, although that would cut into Mike Carp‘s playing time.

  1. rhmurphy - May 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    They need a backup CF, because without Victorino and Bradley it is Nava or Ciriaco.

  2. baseballicious - May 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Good stuff. I just hope he gets playing tim otherwise there is no sense.

  3. The Dangerous Mabry - May 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Time for another crack at the ol’ jackpot wad. Good luck, Jackie.

  4. dondada10 - May 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Bradley got demoted for hitting what equates to an Ike Davis hot streak.

  5. drewsylvania - May 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Ells needs more breaks than they’ve been giving him. I suspect less load on Ells plus less PT for Gomes, who really should never face RHP.

    • ras1tafari - May 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      It is a sad state of affairs that you can’t have your 29 year old CF play every day. And Ells thinks he’s worth $20M per? No thank you.

  6. topteach1 - May 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I remember seeing that great RS outfield: Ted Williams, Jackie Jensen, and Jimmy Piersall. What has happened to great outfielders who could both hit and field and who played every day? What a bunch of wimps on the RS roster now. Ellsbury had all sorts of promise before he became a prima donna, and Gomes and Ciriaco and Victorino and Carp and Nave combined couldn’t make one decent ball-player. Is there no one in the farm system??? So we are stuck with a kid who cannot hit major league pitching (Pawtucket is TRIPLE A folks, not MLB).

    • rhmurphy - May 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Don’t know if trolling but…. park effects, my friend. Jensen’s OPS+ was generally in the 110s and Piersall’s career high with the Red Sox was 105 (albeit with great defense). So one hyper-elite (if aging) hitter and two minor stars? Kinda like an outfield of Ramirez-Damon-Nixon? The issue in the last few years is health.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        That guy should give up his user name. You the TopTeach now.

    • 18thstreet - May 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Indeed, Ted Williams was truly known for his fielding. You make an excellent point.

    • biasedhomer - May 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      So you are giving up on a high rated rookie after playing 12 games in the majors?

  7. Minoring In Baseball - May 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I was hoping to see him play for the PawSox a couple of weeks ago when they were playing at Charlotte. I was surprised by how my Sox fans live down that way.

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