Two weeks before Opening Day, the Red Sox are busy making contingency plans, not only for replacing hobbled David Ortiz in the middle of the order but also for the possibility that concussed shortstop Stephen Drew won’t be ready to play.
And it seems Jackie Bradley Jr. has re-entered the mix.
Despite recent indications that the Red Sox were determined to send their top outfield prospect to Triple A, their growing need for another left-handed bat has prompted them to at least consider Bradley for the Opening Day roster even if it would risk moving him one year closer to free agency.
“That’s a hell of a question,” manager John Farrell said yesterday, clearly leaving the door ajar when asked (again) if the Sox are thinking about taking Bradley with them to New York for the April 1 opener against the Yankees. “We’ve got two weeks to determine that.”
And several factors to weigh, too.
Start here: Bradley has been nothing short of the Red Sox’ best player this spring, batting .444 (16-for-36), leading the Grapefruit League with a .555 on-base percentage and exhibiting both the defensive aptitude and instincts and the impressive maturity for which he has been so highly touted.
Purely on merit, Bradley deserves to make the team.
Opening Day debate revolves around impact of Bradley
Boston Herald | Mar 18