PHILADELPHIA — The Red Sox this afternoon recalled outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple A Pawtucket and optioned righthanded reliever Alex Wilson to Pawtucket.
The Sox had been carrying an extra reliever this week and needed to balance their roster for the two interleague road games.
Bradley started the season with the Red Sox and was instrumental in helping them take two of three from the Yankees to start the season. But he was 3 for 31 over 12 games and was hitless in 20 consecutive at-bats before being optioned back to the minors.
Bradley hit .354 with a 1.001 OPS in 20 games for Pawtucket and had a 12-game hit streak at the time of his promotion. Bradley was 21 of 48 (.438) in his streak with nine extra-base hits, seven RBIs, and 11 runs.
Wilson pitched well over 16 appearances — 18 IP, 19 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 9 BB, 15 K — but was a victim of roster management. Wilson has options remaining, something Clayton Mortensen does not. Once Franklin Morales returned from the disabled list Tuesday, Wilson was sure to be squeezed out.
The Sox were keeping an extra pitcher because of concerns about inclement weather last weekend and Clay Buchholz missing a start. The extra reliever, as it turned out, was not needed.