BOSTON – Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was ruled out of Monday’s roster with pain in his left wrist, manager Ron Roenicke said.
Bradley Jr. rolled his wrist during the Boston Road Series against the Rays earlier this month. As he attempted to make a dive hold, his glove caught on the grass and flipped his wrist back.
Bradley Jr. played during the injury but was left out of the roster for three consecutive days. The Red Sox faced two left-handed starters in their last two games against the Yankees, which made the decision to seat Bradley Jr. for Roenicke easier.
“Jackie’s wrist was bothering him,” Roenicke said. “Part of the reason I didn’t face him yesterday, the other part was to try and get the righties there. But it still hurts a bit today so we’ll give it another day. I hope he can be there tomorrow, but I’ll have to wait and see how he gets out of his job with the coaches today and where he ends up.
Bradley Jr’s has affected him from time to time since the Tampa Bay series, Roenicke said. In his last nine games, Bradley Jr. has reached 0.193 (6v31) with an extra hit.
“I just know he feels it,” Roenicke said. “Not all the time, but he’s going to take a hit and you’ll notice he pulls back for a while.” Then it will go back there and swing again. Sometimes, yes, there is no doubt that it affects some of his impulses.
Vazquez outside with a sore heel
Receiver Christian Vazquez is also out of the lineup after being pulled out in the seventh inning of Monday’s loss with a sore heel.
Vazquez could play against Philadelphia on Wednesday.
“Christian, I would like to give up if we can today, completely,” Roenicke said. “We’ll see later if the coaches think he’s okay with hitting. He is better. He told me he was better today. He is also working. They will come back and tell me what they think of the game and what they think for tomorrow.
Benintendi will be “absent for a while”
Roenicke said there was no new update on outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who was placed on the injured list with a straight rib cage Last week.
Roenicke expects Benintendi to be out for more than 10 days.
“He’s going to be out for a while,” the manager said. “He continues to come for treatment but there is nothing new. It just has to heal. Once he heals he needs to start doing activities to see how much he can tolerate.