Bradley Jr. Called Up, Alex Wilson Optioned
After a fair amount of speculation as to who would be sent down in favor of Franklin Morales, both of the prime candidates, Alex Wilson and Alfredo Aceves find themselves back in Pawtucket. Aceves of course had been optioned for Morales, but Wilson found himself sent down in favor of Jackie Bradley Jr. Wilson had been enjoying a good first taste of the Majors, posting a 2.50 ERA in 16 appearances.
Apr 5, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Boston Red Sox left fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (44) is tagged out by Toronto Blue Jays cacther J.P. Arencibia (9) in the ninth inning at Rogers Centre. The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Bradley Jr, will rejoin the team in Philadelphia, as Boston kicks off the second leg of their two-at home, two-away four game series against the Phillies.
The Sox had been carrying 13 pitchers and 12 position players, but opted to switch things up for the road trip, which will be played under National League rules. Unlike the last time Bradley Jr was called up, he will likely see most of his action come as a pinch runner, pinch hitter, or a late game defensive substitution.
The bulk of the playing time will go to the triumvirate of Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava, and Mike Carp, none of whom profile as plus defenders anywhere on the diamond.
Bradley Jr had been swinging the bat well for Pawtucket of late, hitting .354 for Boston’s AAA club since his demotion on April 18.