Sunday, March 9, 2014
Jackie Bradley Jr. will re-join the Boston Red Sox, according to Alex Speier of weei.com. Boston has been short an everyday player since outfielder Shane Victorino went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.
Bradley began the year with Boston. He began strong but faded quickly. He was batting .097 when he was sent down. Bradley soon regained his form in Pawtucket. He was batting .354 after Tuesday's game.
Boston has been going with an extra pitcher since Victorino went on the DL. According to Speier, the Red Sox are sending reliever Alex Wilson back to Pawtucket. Wilson performed well in his first stint in the majors (1-0, 2.50 ERA over 18 innings). But he has minor league options, while the other Red Sox relievers do not.
Boston plays the Phillies again tonight, but in Philadelphia this time, meaning no DH. Either Mike Napoli or David Ortiz will play first base.
Despite the loss, it had to be encouraging to see Ryan Dempster's line: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K.
While Bradley is going back to the bigs, Boston's other "B's" - Brentz, Barnes, Bogaerts and Blake - performed well in the minors.
Bryce Brentz went 2-for-4 in Pawtucket's loss, upping his average to .280.
Matt Barnes put in an impressive six innings for the Sea Dogs: 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K. See today's story for more.
Xander Bogaerts (.277) was 2-for-5 for Portland with an RBI.
Salem catcher Blake Swihart (.272) enjoyed a 3-for-4 night. His one-base percentage is .352.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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