PAWTUCKET, R.I. Right-hander John Lackey, on the disabled list since May 12 with a right elbow strain, is making his first rehab start with the PawSox. Facing the Orioles Norfolk Tides, Lackey is expected to throw about 70 pitches.
Darnell McDonald, on the DL since Thursday with a left quad strain, is also making beginning his rehab assignment. He is playing center field, batting third. McDonald is expected to be with the PawSox for at least 10 days.
Right-hander Kevin Millwood, who signed a minor league contract with the Sox earlier this month, has joined the PawSox. He is expected to start Wednesdays game.
With right-hander Bobby Jenks coming off the DL, right-hander Michael Bowden has returned to the PawSox.
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Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration.
Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.