Jackie Bradley Jr.’s exceptional defensive play finally wasn’t enough to keep him in the majors.
The center fielder was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket after hitting just .216 with one home run and 30 RBIs despite leading all outfielders defensively in double plays and assists.
“To send Jackie back to Pawtucket has been talked about for a little while now,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Monday night’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. “We’re sending him out to maintain some of those adjustments, and that is to shorten down that swing a little bit more and have a more distinct two strike approach.”
The Red Sox instead will use the last 39 games of the season to evaluate Mookie Betts, who was hitting .335 with five home runs and 31 RBIs in 45 games with the PawSox.
This is Betts’ third call-up by the Red Sox. He has hit .244 with one home run, two RBIs and one stolen base in 13 games for Boston.
The Red Sox hope Bradley can figure out his bat while he’s in Pawtucket while they simultaneously check out what Betts can do over the last month and a half of the season.
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