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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 Pawtucketâ€™s 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 trainerâ€™s room. The outfielder was getting his left arm checked out. According to the player himself, Bradley was trying to be â€ś freakinâ€™ Supermanâ€ť on a throw to third base in the top of the sixth after Norfolkâ€™s Jason Pridie led off the frame with a triple.
â€śThe arm area,â€ť Bradley smiled when asked for specifics. â€śIâ€™m just kind of playing it by ear right now, getting some treatment.
â€śI said something right away and I made it known that I didnâ€™t want to chance anything and hurt myself more,â€ť Bradley continued. â€śThey felt like I shouldnâ€™t bat.â€ť
Asked if sees himself playing Wednesday, Bradley replied, â€śI donâ€™t know. I want to play tomorrow.â€ť
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.
â€śItâ€™s crazy. I donâ€™t know. Everyone I guess has to make some sort of assumption. Got to have something exciting to talk about,â€ť he said. â€śIt might as well start with me coming out of a game. Itâ€™s weird, man.
â€śItâ€™s exciting times Iâ€™m assuming, everyone fighting to get what they want.â€ť
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