Boston Red Sox: Jackie Bradley

Buchholz's simulated game goes well

June, 8, 2014
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DETROIT – The Red Sox liked what they saw from Clay Buchholz before Sunday night's game against the Detroit Tigers.

The right-handed starter, who is on the disabled list with a hyperextended left knee, pitched a three-inning simulated game on Sunday afternoon and reported no physical issues.

“I think the most important thing is that the four (types of) pitches (had) the proper definition and shape to them,” manager John Farrell said.

The manager added that there is no time frame yet for Buchholz's return, but the next step will be planning a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

“The next thing will be to get him some reps in a game,” Farrell said.

Buchholz was 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA before going on the DL May 28 (retroactive to May 27).

Farrell added that Buccholz at times has shown some mechanical issues -- which the team has tried to help him correct with video -- that may have contributed to the injury.

Doubront lined up for rehab starts
Left-handed starter Felix Doubront, who is on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain, is scheduled for rehab starts with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday and Sunday.

“We look to progress him an inning in each outing,” Farrell said.

Doubront pitched four innings in a start for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday night in which he threw 43 pitches, 31 for strikes.

Nava flashes 2013 form
Daniel Nava, who has struggled with a .166 average this season, was 3-for-4 in Saturday night's game.

Two of the left-handed batter's hits were to left field and the other was to right center.

Farrell says the key for Nava to get back to his form of last season, when he hit .303 in 134 games, is hitting the ball to the opposite field and up the middle, as he did on Saturday.

“When he stays inside the ball like that, that's his best path through the strike zone,” Farrell said.

Nava was back in the lineup Sunday, playing right field.

Bradley's deeper numbers
While center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is batting only .202 this season with a home run and 21 RBIs, he's one of the team's best with runners in scoring position. Bradley is 15-for-50, for a .300 average, in RISP situations. Among Boston regulars who have played the entire season, that mark is second only to catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who is at .333 (16-for-48). Bradley was 1-for-3 with a RBI single in his only RISP chance on Saturday night. ... Third baseman Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-5 with a run scored on Saturday night and has reached base in 23 of his last 25 games. He is batting .353 (36-for-102) in that span.

Bradley: 'I don't really get nervous'

March, 31, 2013
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NEW YORK -- While manager John Farrell said Jackie Bradley Jr. took the news that he would be the Red Sox left fielder in Monday's opener at Yankee Stadium, Bradley admitted to feeling a thrill.

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"I'm pretty excited," Bradley said. "I think it really hasn't hit me yet, until my name is called and then I'm pretty sure I'll go numb a little bit. It's great, it's an honor and I can't wait."

Excited, naturally, but nervous?

"I don't really get nervous," Bradley said. "I just try to relax. I'm a pretty easygoing guy. So nerves don't really get to me much."

Bradley said he felt some relief when finally getting the word from Farrell.

"I was watching 'Life of Pi,' kind of hanging out," he said. "It was kind of like closure. It was good to have a little closure. Finally it's official."

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Farrell: Bradley took good news in stride

March, 31, 2013
3/31/13
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NEW YORK -- Somewhere over the Eastern seaboard, on the flight carrying the Red Sox to New York Saturday night, manager John Farrell broke the news to Jackie Bradley Jr. that he not only had made the team but would be starting in left field Monday in Yankee Stadium.

“At 35,000 feet,’’ Farrell said, “he can’t jump any higher.’’

Actually, Farrell said, the 22-year-old Bradley, the first rookie to draw an Opening Day starting assignment for the Red Sox since Shea Hillenbrand in 2001, was not particularly demonstrative when he received the news.

“Like he’s handled everything else, he didn’t jump up and down,’’ Farrell said Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, where the Red Sox held a “voluntary” workout. “He took it in stride. I think it speaks to the maturity of where he is as a person.’’

Farrell did not reveal the rest of his starting lineup for Monday, other than to say that Jonny Gomes would serve as DH and that the man catching Jon Lester is “to be determined.’’ He did, however, explain what went into the decision to name Bradley his starting left fielder, a position occupied in Boston in the past by three Hall of Famers -- Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice -- and another man, Manny Ramirez, whose credentials are Hall of Fame worthy, though his suspensions for PED use figure to hurt his chances.

“He improves our outfield defense,’’ Farrell said. “He showed a very consistent approach at the plate. A lot of people might want to maybe target the batting average, but in our evaluation it goes much deeper than that, when you see the consistency of at-bats he put up.

“We feel like the strength in his mental approach will handle some of the distractions that ultimately will be thrown his way, and he was one of the better players we had in spring training. And the need because of the David [Ortiz] and Stephen [Drew] situations to add another left-handed bat, a number of things came together and he earned that spot in the roster.’’

Bradley hit .419 (26-for-62) for the spring with a .507 on-base percentage and .613 slugging percentage.

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