Jackie Bradley Jr.

Red Sox add Jackie Bradley, Steven Wright; option Allen Craig, Robbie Ross Jr.

Rob Bradford
May 10, 2015 - 6:08 am
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TORONTO -- In wake of the Red Sox' three-game losing streak, and seven of their last eight, they have attempted to shake things up. Jackie Bradley has joined the team in Toronto for Sunday's game, and Allen Craig has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket (he did have options, which made the move possible). Bradley was hitting .343 in 24 games with Pawtucket this season, while Craig was hitting just .135 in 52 at-bats. Craig will get everyday at-bats in Triple-A as the organization hopes to get him back to his days in St. Louis where he hit over .300 in three straight seasons. Knuckleballer Steven Wright has also joined the team, with reliever Robbie Ross Jr. being optioned. Ross Jr. didn't record an out Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits. Wright, who has a few years of major league experience, has an ERA of 3.66 in 11 games. Before Sunday's series finale, Red Sox manager John Farrell explained the moves. "With Robbie we felt the need existed a couple times for some added length and that'€™s why Steven Wright is here to provide that," Farrell said. "With three lefthanders in the bullpen we felt we like we could go back to a guy with a little bit more length in steven so the move was made there. "With Allen, not an easy decision. I think more importantly when we sat and met at the outset of spring training we talked about focusing on spring training and getting him back to the best hitter he can be and reestablish his strengths and felt like we were able to get some momentum going. When spring training was coming to an end we knew the role was going to be different. We knew it was going to be more of a reserve role and how he best fit into getting his at-bats and try to maintain the momentum created in spring training that'€™s been a difficult thing for Allen. We set him out to try to get back on track and get more regular and consistent at-bats, not only for his own production but maybe get him into a situation where he can come back in here and help us. This is as much about Allen as it is about us and the current stretch we'€™re going through and felt like the best and and most clear path to get us back on track was to have every player hopefully preforming to the best of their abilities and for allen that means more regular at-bats at triple-a for the time being." For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.

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