Exciting Bradley Jr makes Red Sox roster
Jackie Bradley Jr. was kicking back on Boston’s plane Saturday
night, watching the Oscar-winning movie ”Life of Pi,” when
manager John Farrell interrupted with news: The dynamic outfielder
had made Boston’s opening-day roster.
”At 35,000 feet, he couldn’t jump any higher,” Farrell said
Taken with the 40th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft,
Bradley batted .419 with a .507 on-base percentage in spring
training. He has never played above Double-A.
But there he was Sunday, still a few weeks from his 23rd
birthday, taking hacks in the batting cage at Yankee Stadium and
getting a good ribbing from his excitable teammate Dustin
”I think it really hasn’t hit me yet – until my name is
called,” Bradley said, ”then I’m pretty sure I’ll go numb a
Bradley tweeted his appreciation Sunday after the workout. In
his twitter profile picture, Bradley is standing behind a sculpture
of the No. 42, Jackie Robinson’s number.
”Thank you everyone for all of the congratulations! I
appreciate all of the support. Glad to be apart of something
special. Anything is possible,” Bradley tweeted.
The Red Sox had intended to start Bradley in the minor leagues
this season but their thinking began to change about halfway
through camp. The spot then became open because David Ortiz and
Stephen Drew are injured.
To make room for Bradley on the 40-man roster, infielder Mauro
Gomez was designated for assignment.
Even though starting Bradley in the big leagues right away could
move up his arbitration and free agency eligibility, the Red Sox
saw no reason to keep him down in the minors.
”He improves our outfield defense,” Farrell sad. ”When you
see the consistency of at-bats he put up, I feel like the strength
in his mental approach will handle some of the distractions that
will ultimately be thrown his way. One of the better players we had
in spring training.”
Jonny Gomes will move from left field to designated hitter while
Ortiz is sidelined with inflammation in his heels that’s related to
the Achilles tendon injury that cut short his season last year.
Ortiz traveled with the team to New York and worked out indoors.
He’ll stay with the club during the series against the Yankees then
return to Fort Myers, Fla., and Farrell hopes he’ll get into some
games shortly after.
Drew feels ready to play in games. But Farrell said there are
”administrative” details that have to be taken care of for a
player on the seven-day concussion disabled list before he can take
Boston also placed pitchers Craig Breslow (left shoulder
tendinitis) and Franklin Morales (lower back strain) on the 15-day
DL, both retroactive to March 22.