By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â For a brief stretch Tuesday night, Jackie Bradley Jr. found himself caught in the crosshairs of some good old fashion trade rumors.
Speculation began to run rampant when Bradley â arguably the Red Soxâ second-most regarded position prospect behind shortstop Xander Bogaerts â was lifted with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning of Pawtucketâs eventual 5-4 win over Norfolk. Given the move was taking place with less than 24 hours remaining until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, speculation began to run rampant that Bradley was possibly on the move.
When the PawSox clubhouse doors open, Bradley was in the trainerâs room. The outfielder was getting his left arm checked out. According to the player himself, Bradley was trying to be â freakinâ Supermanâ on a throw to third base in the top of the sixth after Norfolkâs Jason Pridie led off the frame with a triple.
âThe arm area,â Bradley smiled when asked for specifics. âIâm just kind of playing it by ear right now, getting some treatment.
âI said something right away and I made it known that I didnât want to chance anything and hurt myself more,â Bradley continued. âThey felt like I shouldnât bat.â
Asked if sees himself playing Wednesday, Bradley replied, âI donât know. I want to play tomorrow.â
Upon clarifying why he was lifted from the game in the first place, Bradley was asked about being the center of attention â albeit for something that never got off the ground. He was sitting at one of the dining tables enjoying a postgame meal while his name continued to be mentioned.
âItâs crazy. I donât know. Everyone I guess has to make some sort of assumption. Got to have something exciting to talk about,â he said. âIt might as well start with me coming out of a game. Itâs weird, man.
âItâs exciting times Iâm assuming, everyone fighting to get what they want.â
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