Immediately following Monday’s frustrating loss against the Tigers, the Red Sox received a little more bad news. After some optimism surrounding Jackie Bradley Jr.’s knee over the last couple of days, the team ended up placing him on the 10-day disabled list after all.
Jackie Bradley Jr. will go on the DL.— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) April 10, 2017
If you don’t remember how the injury occurred, it was a truly bizarre one. Towards the end of Saturday’s game, Bradley hit a routine flyout to left field. As he was jogging around first base and about to head back to the dugout, his toe got caught in the dirt and he fell to the ground clutching his knee. He had an MRI in Detroit on Sunday that revealed a sprain in the knee, but he thought he’d be good to go soon enough. As a precautionary measure, the team sent him back to Boston for further evaluation.
Apparently, things weren’t as positive as the team had hoped. The good news is that everyone involves seems to believe this will be a short DL-stint. Since the injury occurred on Saturday, he’d be eligible to return on Wednesday the 19th against the Blue Jays. Earlier today, I wrote about how the team should approach any sort of absence from Bradley.
In the meantime, the Red Sox have some roster decisions to make. I haven’t seen any official announcements, but with Xander Bogaerts returning from bereavement on Tuesday a one-for-one swap between Bradley and Bogaerts makes sense. They also have to make room for Drew Pomeranz, who will return from the disabled list to make his 2017 debut against Baltimore on Tuesday. Deven Marrero is still on the roster, and with the team only carrying eleven pitchers right now it would make the most sense to option Marrero and get the roster back to a normal pitcher/hitter balance. Again, nothing is official but this arrangement of moving parts seems to make the most sense.