Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is going on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee injury, according to Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald.
Jennings says Andrew Benintendi will “likely” play center in place of Bradley Jr.. The 26-year-old Bradley Jr. got hurt in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Tigers while running the bases. He had an exam on his knee in Boston today while the Red Sox were finishing up their series with Detroit and it was determined there that he go on the DL for a short stint.
Playing in his fifth season with the Red Sox, Bradley Jr. had a breakout campaign last year, hitting 30 doubles and 26 home runs with 87 RBI while slashing .267/.349/.486. Bradley, who also had seven triples, earned an All-Star selection and helped the Red Sox reach the postseason, where they were swept in the ALDS by the Indians.
This year, Bradley Jr. has gone 4-for-14 (.286 average) in 17 plate appearances. The Red Sox are 3-3 on the season after losing three games in their four-game set with the Tigers, with today’s result being a 2-1 defeat.
The Red Sox have their home opener Tuesday against the Orioles. That game kicks off a seven-game homestead that Bradley will miss for them, as they face Baltimore on Wednesday, play the Pirates in a makeup game on Thursday and take on the Rays for four games.