Remember last month, when Jackie Bradley Jr. was tearing up the Grapefruit League and it seemed borderline crazy to send him to the minors for his first sip of Triple-A protein smoothie? Thanks to an injury-depleted roster, Bradley did break camp with the big club. And now he's heading to Pawtucket: Bradley's first taste of the majors didn't go according to plan. After tearing the cover off the ball during spring training, the rookie struggled mightily upon making the team's Opening Day roster. Bradley, who turns 23 on Friday, hit .097 (3-for-31). The move isn't all that surprising, as it was expected to come at some point. Bradley certainly has a bright future ahead of him, though, so we just may see him back in Boston before long. We just may. Or might, depending on your grammatical bent. Look, it's only 31 at-bats. If he's got seven or eight more hits, which is well within the realm of The Possible, we're having an entirely different sort of conversation. But then again, that's sort of the point. When you're talking about 31 at-bats, just about anything may (or might) happen. Coincidentally enough, Bradley picked up exactly twice as many at-bats in major-league spring training; the principle isn't exactly the same for 62 at-bats as for 31. But it's close.
Spring phenom Jackie Bradley (.097) heading to Triple-A
SB Nation | Apr 20