Sox may call up Bradley, Jr. for outfield help

Sox may call up Bradley, Jr. for outfield help
July 9, 2013, 2:45 am
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SEATTLE -- Since they had no other alternatives, the Red Sox were forced to play Daniel Nava in center field Monday night for the first time in his major league career.
They couldn't have liked what they saw and after an 11-4 drubbing to the Seattle Mariners, manager John Farrell broadly hinted that the Sox wouldn't choose that option again.
Jacoby Ellsbury was out of Monday's lineup with a sore wrist that he aggravated with an awkward swing in the fifth inning Sunday night in Anaheim. Meanwhile, Shane Victorino, Ellsbury's principal backup in center, has missed the last two games because of a strained left hamstring.
That left the Sox with only Nava as a center field option, flanked by Mike Carp in left and Jonny Gomes in right.
At first, Nava seemed comfortable in center, handling a line drive hit right to him in the second inning, then racing back to make a catch on the warning track for the final out in the fourth.
But in the sixth, Nava made a poor read on a ball that was hit over his head for a double by Michael Saunders, then compounded things by overthrowing the cutoff man, allowing a run to score on his throwing error.
As the night wore on, Nava seemed to break the wrong way on balls as he tried to cover one of the more spacious center fields in the American League.
"We've got some discussions to take place here tonight," said John Farrell. "Any pending changes will come out of that meeting with Ben (Cherington), so we'll see where that takes us."
Outfielder Jackie Bradley would seem the most likely option. Bradley didn't play in either ends of a doubleheader Pawtucket played last night at Lehigh Valley, an indication the Sox could have had him on his way
to Seattle last night.
Either Ellsbury or Victorino would likely have to go on the DL to make room for Bradley, of course, with Victorino being the more likely choice, if only because of the nature of his injury and the fact that he's battled hamstring issues repeatedly this season.