By now, a decade after being drafted by the Chicago White Sox, Ryan Sweeney knows that spring training statistics aren’t the best determinant of whether a player should make a team.

Sometimes, though, the numbers are impossible to ignore.

As much as any player in Red Sox camp, Sweeney is being affected by the seemingly unstoppable force of 22-year-old outfield phenom Jackie Bradley Jr. If not for Bradley, Sweeney may have sewn up a spot on the Opening Day roster.

But with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and assistant GM Mike Hazen both in attendance here yesterday, Bradley came off the bench and stroked two more hits — including a two-run, pinch-hit single against tough Orioles set-up man Pedro Strop, no less — to hike his Grapefruit League-leading average to .444 (24-for-54).

“And what was even more impressive is after a day (Monday) where some left-handers tied him up a little bit, he came back against a left-hander with quality stuff and put a good swing on the ball,” manager John Farrell said, referring to Bradley’s standup triple in the ninth inning of a 12-9 loss. “Very consistent approach.”

Bradley’s breakthrough spring even left him joking about having to do some last-minute apartment-hunting in Boston.

“Live on the couch?” he said. “I’ll do it — if someone’s got a pull-out couch.”

So, maybe nobody even noticed that Sweeney went 0-for-4?

Acquired in the December 2011 trade that sent outfielder Josh Reddick to the Oakland A’s, Sweeney re-signed with the Red Sox in January. But as a condition of his minor league deal, the 28-year-old outfielder can request his release Thursday if the Sox don’t at least commit to adding him to their 40-man roster, which presently is filled to capacity.