May 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - PawSox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. has been activated from the disabled list, the club announced. He's in Friday's lineup against the Gwinnett Braves, batting leadoff as the team's designated hitter.
Bradley was placed on the 7-day disabled list on May 6 (retroactive to May 4) with right biceps tendinitis. He hasn't played since May 3, when he went 1 for 3 with an RBI against the Durham Bulls serving as the PawSox designated hitter. The 23-year-old hasn't played in the outfield since April 27.
“He saw [Red Sox director of sports medicine] Dan Dydrek today and he did well throwing in the outfield and running the bases today, so it was kind of a late decision to get him out there and get him some at-bats and slowly progress him in," PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina said before Friday's series finale against the Braves.
Bradley, who hit .302/.400/.349 in 11 Triple-A games prior to his injury, will be carefully monitored as he attempts to return to normal playing time, which will entail playing in the outfield. He won't play every day for a few weeks until he's fully recovered, but will be on a throwing program to strengthen his right arm.
“The one thing we want to avoid is to [have him] inflame it again, so I don’t think you’ll see him playing centerfield one day and DHing the next day," DiSarcina said."When he has a day off, he’s going to have a day off. I don’t see him playing every day for a couple of weeks.”
“He’s at a good place right now and we’re just going to keep him there.”
Photo Credit: Jackie Bradley, Jr. by Kelly O'Connor.
Kevin Pereira is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects. Follow him on Twitter @kevinrpereira.