Jackie Bradley Jr. may be back in the big leagues, but "Jackiepalooza" is a thing of the past. Unlike in late March, when he broke camp with the Red Sox and was the biggest storyline during the season's first week, Bradley has rejoined the team amid little fanfare. He was recalled today from Triple-A Pawtucket as much because the Sox need depth on the bench for a pair of DH-less games in a National League ballpark as because he has 15 hits in his last 36 at-bats. Regardless, Bradley says he has heeded lessons from a humbling, 3-for-31 start to his major league career. "I feel confident as always," Bradley said. "I accepted the failure before. That's really what it was all about, making adjustments and moving on from it. It was in the past. Just learning myself, basically, as a person. It's OK to crawl before you start walking and running and stuff like that. Just learning from that aspect and learning that you're going to fail. I feel like you can take away a little bit of something from anything. For me, it was experience. I got two weeks experience in there. I'll be able to use that to my advantage from here on out." Bradley will be used primarily as an extra outfielder, although manager John Farrell won't rule out giving him a start, perhaps over the weekend in Yankee Stadium's spacious left field. A natural center fielder, Bradley played left field early in the season with the Red Sox and has played all three outfield positions for Pawtucket. "Certainly, left field in New York takes a different look, particularly the ground to cover out there," Farrell said. "Fact is, we'd go back to one of the few parks he's been in, so there would also be some comfort level for him there."
Jackie Bradley Jr. 'accepted the failure' from first stint in majors
Boston Herald | May 29