The Red Sox have placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain, the club announced Wednesday afternoon. Bradley was removed from last night's victory over the Indians in the seventh inning following an awkward slide into home plate. Public MRI results are still pending for the 2016 All-Star.
Bradley, 27, has just a .262/.343/.432 slash line in 2017, but his defense values him as a 2.2 fWAR outfielder through 440 plate appearances. While the five-year veteran hasn't quite produced offensively like the last few seasons, his 102 OPS+ combines with top-tier defense to make Bradley one of the most valuable center fielders in the game.
Filling Bradley's 25-man roster spot is utility infielder Deven Marrero, who has already spent time on Boston's big league roster this season. The 26-year-old has an uninspiring .212/.258/.318 slash line at the plate in 166 PAs, yet he's valued more as a defensive asset than a hitting upgrade. The club is expected to slot veteran Chris Young into the everyday outfield in Bradley's absence, where he'll play around stars Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi.