Cherington 'very encouraged' by progress of Craig, Bradley Jr.
Before the season, the Boston Red Sox were said to have a plethora of major-league outfielders and no place to put them all.
Allen Craig and Jackie Bradley Jr. couldn't find everyday jobs with the big league club, but upon demotion to Triple-A Pawtucket, both are performing well.
Craig is sporting a .298 average with a .407 on-base percentage, while Bradley Jr. is hitting .333 in 43 games for Pawtucket. Here's what general manager Ben Cherington told MLB.com regarding Allen Craig:
"I think there needs to be a role, a real role, and if that opens up, then we have no hesitation to bring him back. He's swung the bat well. I still think he's a good Major League hitter. There needs to be a real role for that to happen, for that to make sense, so for now he's in Pawtucket. It's obviously not an ideal situation for him, but he's handled it like an absolute pro, and we'll have to see what happens."
And on JBJ:
"Very encouraged. He's made an adjustment offensively and been one of the better hitters in the International League all year. Obviously the defense has always been there. He's played hard at the top of that lineup every day. He looks like a good Major League player, the way we always thought that he could be. That's where he is right now."
There isn't any room right now for these two players, but with the trade deadline coming up, Cherington has to have some comfort having them in Pawtucket.
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