Thanks to a torrid finish to the 2015 campaign, Jackie Bradley was afforded a full-time spot in the Red Sox's outfield heading into 2016. The 26-year-old batted north of .300 for much of the first half while clobbering 14 home runs, 22 doubles and six triples en route to his first All-Star appearance. Unfortunately, it was a tale of two halves, as his production tapered off significantly following the All-Star break. In 73 second-half contests, his batting average sunk to a measly .233 mark while he averaged a strikeout per game. He also stole just two bases over the final three months. Bradley's defensive prowess and monster first half has him sitting pretty in the organization, although his history of extended slumps is keeping him from becoming a fantasy standout. If he can cut down on the strikeouts, Bradley could shine even more.
Bradley went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Orioles. Bradley, who has hits in both games since being activated off the disabled list, was moved up to second in the order with both Dustin Pedroia (knee) and Andrew Benintendi (rest) out of the lineup. The question about Bradley entering the 2017 season is whether or not the power surge (26 HRs) he had last season is for real.
Bradley, who returned to action Friday after missing 10 days with a sprained right knee, played while wearing a brace on his knee, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Bradley went 1-for-4 in his return to the lineup after a 10-day stay on the disabled list. The knee brace may be a bit cumbersome, but it shouldn't impact Bradley's game much, as speed is not a big component of his offense.
Bradley (knee) was activated off the disabled list Friday and will start in center field for the Red Sox's matchup with the Orioles, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since hyper-extending his knee April 8, but after homering in a rehab game Wednesday, it seems he's back to 100 percent. A corresponding move has yet to be announced, but Bradley has already been slotted into the starting lineup, batting sixth and manning center field against Orioles' starter Dylan Bundy.
Bradley (knee) went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a solo home run while on rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. Bradley will have a workout day Thursday and is expected to be activated for Friday's game in Baltimore.
Bradley (knee) started in center field and went 0-for-2 for Triple-A Pawtucket in the first game of his rehabilitation assignment Wednesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Bradley played five innings Tuesday and is scheduled for a full nine innings Wednesday. He'll then take a day off Thursday before rejoining the Red Sox in Baltimore on Friday.
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