Jackie Bradley Jr. was kicking back on the Boston Red Sox’s plane Saturday night, watching the Oscar-winning movie Life of Pi, when manager John Farrell interrupted with news: The dynamic outfielder had made the Red Sox’s Opening Day roster.
“At 35,000 feet, he couldn’t jump any higher,” Farrell said Sunday.
Taken with the 40th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, Bradley batted .419 with a .507 on-base percentage in spring training. He has never played above Double-A.
But there he was Sunday, still a few weeks from his 23rd birthday, taking hacks in the batting cage at Yankee Stadium and getting a good ribbing from his excitable teammate Dustin Pedroia.
“I think it really hasn’t hit me yet — until my name is called,” Bradley said, “then I’m pretty sure I’ll go numb a little bit.”
Marlins add top pitching prospect
Top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez was among seven players added to the Miami Marlins’ roster ahead of today’s opener at Washington and is scheduled to make his major-league debut April 7 against the Mets in New York.
The unexpected addition of Fernandez was made Sunday after injuries to right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez.
They had been in the Marlins’ projected rotation but were put on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation.