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Red Sox send Jackie Bradley Jr. back to the minors

Mar 28, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Jackie Bradley Jr. entered spring training atop the Red Sox’s center field depth chart, but his struggles and Grady Sizemore‘s successful comeback changed those plans. Sizemore was announced today as the Opening Day center fielder and Boston has decided to send Bradley back to Triple-A.

There was some opportunity for the Red Sox to have kept Sizemore and Bradley on the roster, but it makes more sense for Bradley to play every day in the minors and be ready in case Sizemore struggles or has more bad luck with injuries.

Bradley opened last season in the majors, but hit just .189 with 31 strikeouts in 37 games and spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he batted .275 with 10 homers and an .842 OPS in 80 games. Odds are he’ll see extended action for the Red Sox this season, but it may have to wait a couple months.

  1. bigharold - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Good for Sizemore, he’s had a lot of misfortune the last few years it’s good to see him get another shot. On the other hand, I’m still a Yankee fan so I hope he does great against everyone but the Yankees.

  2. baberuthslegs - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    I keep waiting for this kid to make it in the Majors.
    Sad to see him demoted again :(

  3. clydeserra - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Not a red sox fan, so I don’t know how they work.

    When Sizemore end up hurt Thursday, do they take time to see if they need to DL him, or do they DL him immediately and recall bradley?

    • 18thstreet - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Rooting for people to get hurt makes you a bad person. And that’s what you’re doing when you write about “when” he gets hurt. Because if he gets hurt, you get to pat yourself on the back and say, “I knew it! He’s fragile!”

      Don’t root for injuries. And please: spare us all the reply where you deny that you’re rooting for an injury.

      • clydeserra - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        WTF? Lighten up Francis.

        I don’t wish any harm to grady sizemore. your logic is astoundingly terrible.

      • jrbdmb - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        Acknowledging reality (Sizemore will get hurt, and soon) is not the same as hoping for it. I hope that Sizemore has a helthy and productive season for the Sox, but I sure wouldn’t put any money on it.

      • 18thstreet - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        Is a reality that he’s going to get hurt ON THURSDAY?

      • clydeserra - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        Really dude? You think I actively think and hope that Grady Sizemore strains his oblique on Thursday, April 4, 2014?

        I do feel sorry for you, though. Must be tough going through life seeing conspiracies and “bad people” everywhere.

  4. disgracedfury - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Jackie wasn’t one of the players the Red Sox got after 2010 in the draft.The Red Sox have played so terrible in 2010-2012 that they have drafted high the last three years so those guys you want to look at not these prospects like Middlebrooks and Jackie who are overrated.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Being 16 and 18 games above .500 qualifies as being “terrible”?

      Hell, even counting the one year they actually WERE terrible they still averaged a record better than .500 (that means they won more games than they lost, which would categorically qualify as “not terrible”).

      And I’m not actually sure what that first sentence even means, but yes the Red Sox did get Jackie after 2010 and in the draft (He was a compensatory pick in the 1st round of the 2011 draft for the loss of Adrian Beltre).

  5. tfbuckfutter - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    I like this call.

    JBJ gets to play every day and hopefully progress even more, and Grady gets another shot at showing he can hang around.

    It’s actually probably the best outcome.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      I’m rooting for Sizemore to do well, but I don’t think he’ll last a week. It’s probably academic.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        That’s different than the guy who opened for them in centerfield for the last six seasons how though?

  6. ez4u2sa - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Best move for Jackie. He’s not quite ready yet but, in time, he’ll be the starting centerfielder on a regular basis. Not to worry.

  7. glasspoet1 - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I say neither player will be starting in CF by the All-Star break.

  8. drewnichols81 - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    If this cat was a Kansas City or Houston prospect you’d never hear about em. Hell the media talked all kinds about him in spring last year. Hes a product of Boston bs he hasn’t done anything and odds are wont

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      He’s 23.

      And you’re an idiot.

      And the reason the media talked about him last spring is because he had an awesome spring and earned a spot on a team that eventually won the World Series. At 22.

      Are you familiar with the concept of “prospect”?

      • drewnichols81 - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        O bull he cant even make the team over a walking injury hes overhyped bs. Ill put money on it

      • drewnichols81 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        Earned a spot them the blew the spot big time. Abe Froman the Strikeout King of Boston

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Did you really come back 5 hours later to reply to yourself?

      • drewnichols81 - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:26 AM

        how bout 15 days later, be back in 15 more

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