Bradley was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. Bradley was likely always a long shot to break camp in the big leagues, and the team didn't wait for play to resume before sending him down. He hit just .178/.245/.356 in his 15-game big-league debut last season but managed 33 homers and a .264/.344/.567 line in 107 games for Columbus, so he doesn't have much left to prove in the minors.
Bradley was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Bradley has gone just 1-for-13 over his last four games at the dish, resulting in a demotion for the 23-year-old. Zach Plesac has been recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Bradley is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds. With no designated hitter available in Cincinnati, Bradley will sit for the second straight day while Carlos Santana garners the start at first base. Bradley should at least rank as one of manager Terry Francona's top pinch-hitting options after coming through with a double off the bench in Saturday's 7-2 win.
Bradley will start at first base and bat seventh Wednesday against the Royals. The Indians have quickly committed to Bradley as a lineup mainstay since he received his first call to the big leagues Sunday. He'll draw his fourth start in as many contests after going 2-for-10 with two doubles, two walks and two RBI in his first three contests. Bradley has struck out five times already, however, and his contact woes are likely to make him a liability in the batting-average category for fantasy managers.
Bradley was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. Firmly a power-first prospect, Bradley has been on a tear to start the season with Columbus, launching 24 homers in 67 games. After hitting a combined .234 over the previous three seasons, he's managed a .292 batting average this year, though that's come with a 32.0 percent strikeout rate, which would be fourth-worst among qualified big-league hitters. The 23-year-old should get plenty of chances to prove his profile plays, though he certainly comes with quite a lot of risk if he can't keep up the fireworks display. Reliever Josh Smith was optioned in a corresponding move.