FORT MYERS, Fla. – Early Saturday morning Jackie Bradley, Jr., entered the Red Sox clubhouse. Wearing a suit. Standard attire for most major league travel.
Asked if he had any news, Bradley smiled.
“It’s good news,” he told CSNNE.com
Bradley said he will be on the Red Sox team plane to New York after today’s spring training finale against the Twins.
There is still no official announcement of the Sox final 25-man roster. Teams must set their rosters by 3:00 pm ET on Sunday.
“There’s no changes from yesterday,” said manager John Farrell. “We’re working on that 3:00 deadline tomorrow. So nothing official to announce at this point.”
Two of the main hold-ups to making an official announcement is to ensure Bradley gets through today’s game healthy and to make some adjustments to the 40-man roster, which is currently full. The Sox will have to find a way to make space on the 40-man before they can add Bradley.
Farrell confirmed Bradley would be on the team’s plane today, but when he was jokingly asked if Bradley were going to New York to play baseball or take in a Broadway show, he replied:
“He’s going to spend Easter there.”
Bradley is not in the starting lineup Saturday. But he will get in later in the game.
“He’ll be on the field again today,” Farrell said. “He’ll pick up for [center fielder] Jacoby [Ellsbury] after two at-bats, and probably end up getting some action in left field as well today.”
Most managers don’t like to talk about surprises. But, when Farrell, in his first season managing the Sox, was asked if he was surprised by anything this spring, he had one that was a “good surprise.”
“How good Jackie Bradley is,” Farrell said. “Just reading about him and hearing about him, until you see him you don’t know fully what to expect. But that's been a good surprise.”
And to the surprise of just about no one, at some time before 3:00 pm tomorrow afternoon, Bradley will be added to the Sox major league roster.