On Wednesday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox made it known that Jackie Bradley Jr. is heading back to the big leagues.
The 23-year old outfielder is shipping up to Boston after being recalled by the Red Sox, while right-hander Alex Wilson will be optioned down to Pawtucket.
Bradley had been the center of numerous discussions during spring training, debating whether or not the budding prospect should begin the season in the majors. He landed his shot early on, but he struggled out of the gate. Bradley Jr. batted just .097 in 12 major league games, but he did draw six walks and score five runs.
After being sent back down to the AAA level, Bradley has simply shined and gained more confidence since. Bradley Jr. was batting .354 with the Pawtucket Paw Sox and was in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak prior to being called up for a second time here in 2013. Bradley Jr. had recorded two home runs and had driven nine RBIs before Wednesday.
Earlier in the year, Bradley Jr. was optioned down when David Ortiz returned to the lineup from injury. It certainly comes as no real surprise that Bradley Jr. is getting a second chance and this may be a situation that could pay huge dividends for the Red Sox moving into the month of June.
Bradley Jr. has tasted the big leagues, but lacked confidence early on this season. Now, after gaining some momentum at the AAA level, it will be interesting to see what strides he can make in his second go-around at Fenway Park.
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