CLEVELAND -- With David Ortiz about to be activated Friday, the Red Sox made a corresponding roster move Thursday night, optioning Jackie Bradley Jr. to Pawtucket following their 6-3 win over Cleveland.
Bradley was called into manager John Farrell's office and told of the demotion. He was to stay in Cleveland Thursday night and travel to Rochester Friday morning to join Pawtucket, which starts a weekend series there Friday night.
The youngest left fielder to open a season since Carl Yastrzemski in 1962, Bradley will turn 23 on Friday.
Bradley, whose torrid spring saw him be an improbable member of the Red Sox' Opening Day roster, was in the midst of a slump, having gone hitless in his last 20 at-bats. His last hit came on April 5 in Toronto.
The 22-year-old outfielder didn't start any of the three games in Cleveland.
His major league career began with promise as he knocked in a run in each of his first three games and scored four times. But Bradley soon cooled dramatically and lost playing time.
He was hitting just .097 (3-for-31) with three RBI and five runs scored at the time of his demotion.