Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts to seven-day concussion DL, Jackie Bradley to receive starting center field job

July 29, 2015 - 1:19 pm

In the wake of a crushing fall over the right field fence during Tuesday night's 9-4 loss to the White Sox, Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts will be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. According to manager John Farrell, the 22-year-old underwent extensive testing after the game, all of which ruled out further injury. "[Betts] has been placed on the seven-day concussion DL," Farrell said. "Obviously, it was confirmed, consistent with the symptoms last night and the further testing, it's clear he's got a concussion. The timetable for this is unknown, but every available test to rule out anything else, from the upper back to the neck and obviously to the skull, all that was performed, and everything else was ruled out other than the fact that he's got a concussion." With Betts sidelined, the Red Sox called up outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to assume a starting role in his absence. "This is an opportunity for Jackie and for us to see him in a game situation," Farrell said. As the Red Sox head into their weekend series with the Rays, Farrell announced that the rotation would not change. However, he did hint at the possibility of a call-up in the near future for blue-chip left-handed pitching prospect Henry Owens. "We're going to stay on turn through the weekend," Farrell said. "Monday being an off-day we've got the ability to adjust going forward, but as we're taking a look at Jackie [Bradley Jr.], our goal and our intent is to see Brian Johnson and probably Henry Owens at some point, so all that is on the horizon." Farrell also addressed Joe Kelly's precarious position in the rotation with less than a full vote of confidence. When asked if Kelly would remain in the rotation, Farrell responded by saying, "For now." Bradley Jr. is not the only recent arrival expected to get recurring reps. Rusney Castillo will also see regular at-bats going forward. "We'll look to put the best matchups on the field as we can right now," Farrell said. "There's going to come a point where every day at-bats for Rusney will be there, against both [Jose] Quintana and [Chris] Sale, two tall orders. He's got those the next two nights, but Rusney's going to get regular at-bats."