Jacoby Ellsbury has been doing well of late for the Sox, but is now taking his annual trip to the DL as he has been shipped back in Boston for tests on his injured foot. Never fear though as the Sox have decided to call up Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-AAA Pawtucket as he prepares to join the team in the heat of a pennant race (although it’s not much of a race any more with the Rays falling behind)
Ellsbury fouled a ball off his right foot August 28th, and has played seven of eight games since the injury before being temporarily shut down. With Ellsbury on the shelf for now Bradley gets his chance to shine as he gets the start Saturday against the Yankees.
Ellsbury was leading the majors with 52 steals, while batting a respectable .299 with a .355 on base percentage. Over his last 17 games he has turned things up, having batted .320 with 8 stolen bases before getting a rest.
For Bradley, just 23 years young, this will mark his fourth stint with Boston this season. The centerfielder went 1-5 with a RBI to help Pawtucket last night hold a 2-1 series lead over Rochester in the International League Semifinals at McCoy Stadium and has been shipped to the Bronx to join the Sox.
Bradley’s numbers in the post season have been quite impressive; through three games he hit a crisp .385 (5-13) with a RBI, two runs scored, and a walk. In the regular season he has also hit fairly well, batting .275 with 26 doubles, three triples, 35 RBI, and 10 homers.
While putting up impressive numbers in Triple-AAA, Bradley’s numbers in the Majors have not shown a similar success. Bradley was on the Red Sox Opening Day roster coming out of spring training and made his major league debut in Yankee Stadium on April 1. In his 23 games for Boston, he has hit a pedestrian .155 (9-for-58) with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, and 11 runs scored. Defensively, he has appeared in 22 games (16 starts), with 10 starts in left field and six in center field.