Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been sent down to Pawtucket to make way for Mookie Betts, according to the team.
Bradley has spent the entire season with the Sox, and at least at the plate, it hasn’t been pretty. The 24-year-old is hitting .216 with one home run, 30 RBIs, and 45 runs scored. Bradley’s defense has been exceptional, leading all major league outfielders in assists and double-plays.
Along with Xander Bogaerts, Bradley was one of two young players expected to make the leap this season and become major contributors for the Sox. Neither player has lived up to expectations at the plate, though the Red Sox are by no means giving up on the highly-touted prospects. Bradley will make the start in center field tonight for Pawtucket.
Betts will join the Sox for the third time this season. The 21-year-old hit .244 (10-for-41) with two doubles, one home run, and six runs scored in 13 games. With just three full-time outfielders on the active Red Sox roster, Betts should get to play every day until Sept. 1, when Bradley returns for September call-ups.
Betts has played in both right field and center field this season. He rose quickly through the Red Sox farm system this year, beginning the season in Double-A Portland before playing in Pawtucket and eventually Boston.