The return to health and possibly the form of
"The competition is there," Farrell told the Boston Herald. "But we haven't arrived at a conclusion with Grady yet. ... We still have to get answers to some questions that aren't there yet. There's still going to be that looming question of what's the total number of games played? We want to be sure to keep that trajectory going upward rather than have any kind of setback because we've taken too quick a step."
The former perennial all-star with Cleveland has been impressive in his comeback and is even being considered for the leadoff spot this season.
After having a monster spring last year,
"[I] know the experiences that other players have gone through," Bradley said, per WEEI.com. "I'm a pretty mentally tough guy. I know I can take my bumps and my bruises. I'll be fine, I promise you. I'm going to get things back on track. I've been able to hit at every single level so I'm ready to prove that I can do it at this level as well."
Manager John Farrell is confident Bradley won't be overwhelemed as he competes with Grady Sizemore for the starting job in center field this spring.
"He's shown throughout his entire minor-league career that there's plate discipline there," Farrell said. "He ran into pitching that was at the big-league level different than what he faced at the minor-league level where they're able to command the ball on a certain part of the plate more consistently. I thought he made some adjustments when he came back to us. Nothing abnormal in a normal transition for a young player. I can't begin to speculate numbers-wise, but I think he's going to put up quality at-bats, he's going to play very good defense and really stabilize the middle of our outfield."
The lineup consisted of
Bradley proved little in his brief time in the majors last season, batting .189 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 95 at-bats. But Sizemore is still not fully recovered from a spate of injuries that have prevented him from playing since 2011.
Bradley appeared set when Jacoby Ellsbury bolted in free agency. But the addition of Sizemore creates competition.
"I don't have any reaction beyond I thought it was great," Bradley told the Boston Globe. "The guy is a stud and hopefully he can learn from me as well as a teammate. I'll let them make the hard decisions. I'll just play."
Bradley batted .189 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 95 at-bats with the Sox in 2013. Sizemore, once the ultimate ironman and perennial all-star, hasn't played since 2011 while recovering from back and knee injuries.
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