Jackie Bradley Jr. Will Start in Left Field on Red Sox’ Opening Day Against Yankees


Mar 31, 2013

Jackie Bradley Jr.Jackie Bradley Jr. has made the Red Sox’ opening day roster.

The team announced their roster on Sunday and Bradley was selected to the active major league roster, while Mauro Gomez was designated for assignment. Bradley tore through spring training with a .419 average, 1.120 OPS, two home runs and 12 RBIs.

Bradley will start in left field and wear No. 44 on Opening Day against CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees. There was some question over whether the Red Sox would open the season with Bradley on the roster. If they held him off the MLB squad for 11 days, they would have earned an extra year of arbitration. Boston could still send Bradley down for 20 days at any time this season to earn that extra year.

Craig Breslow, Franklin Morales and David Ortiz were put on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22.

Here is the full Red Sox’ Opening Day roster:

Pitchers: Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront, Joel Hanrahan, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Andrew Miller, Clayton Mortensen, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara.

Catchers: David Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Infielders: Mike Carp, Pedro Ciriaco, Jose Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli, and Dustin Pedroia.

Outfielders: Bradley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava, and Shane Victorino.

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