Bradley Jr. sent to Pawtucket, Betts called up

Bradley Jr. sent to Pawtucket, Betts called up
August 18, 2014, 2:45 pm
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(Associated Press)

Jackie Bradley Jr. is back in Pawtucket and Mookie Betts is in Boston.

The Red Sox sent the struggling Bradley Jr., 24, who recently endured an 0-for-35 slump, to Triple-A after he had played the entire season in the major leagues and, despite spectacular defense, hit just .216, with an on-base percentage of .288 and slugging percentage of .290.

Those offensive numbers are among the worst among major league qualifiers this season. Bradley does lead all major league outfielders with 13 assists, a testament to his strong arm. He's made at least a dozen highlight-reel catches in center field but has appeared lost at the plate at times, with 111 strikeouts in 348 at-bats.  He had hit safely in four of his past five games, including going 2-for-3 in an 8-1 loss to the Astros on Sunday at Fenway Park.

To take his spot on the roster, the Red Sox recalled Betts, 21, an outfielder converted from second baseman, who is back for his third stint with the Red Sox this season. He has hit. 244 (10-for-41) with a .279 OBP and .366 SLG, a homer and two RBI with the major league team.

Bradley was optioned after the game Sunday and Betts was starting in center and batting eighth for the Red Sox as they prepare to open a four-game series Monday night against the Angels at Fenway.

Betts has hit .346 in 99 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.